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Murray Bridge campaign means local criminals have nowhere to hide

Posted on 04/08/2022

People can speak up and share what they know about local criminal activity without putting themselves at risk or getting involved. That’s the important message from Crime Stoppers, as it launches a campaign targeting the Murray Bridge and surrounding communities.

Crime Stoppers SA CEO, Nigel Smart, said the community safety campaign empowers people to speak up without the need to say who they are, make a formal statement to police or get involved in any later court proceedings.

“Criminals often carry out their illegal activities in full view because they believe they can frighten and intimidate others into staying silent. We want people to know that what they see, hear, know – or even just suspect – can help solve or prevent crime when they share that information with Crime Stoppers,” Mr Smart said.

“This campaign is a reminder to criminals and those with an appetite for antisocial behaviour that eyes are watching, ears are listening, and Crime Stoppers is just a phone call or online click away,” he said.

“Perhaps something doesn’t seem quite right in your neighbourhood. Maybe you’ve overheard or know something about property damage, theft, drug dealing or some other illegal activity. If it is enough to be of concern to you then Crime Stoppers wants to know what you know, because we share your information with police on your behalf without you needing to get involved,” he said.

Superintendent Scott Denny said: “As the Commander for the Murray Mallee Local Service Area, I acknowledge the importance of reporting suspected crime to police. Working together with our local community assists greatly in being able to prevent, detect and investigate crime. Crime Stoppers provides an opportunity for the public to report suspected criminal behaviour anonymously.”

The Murray Bridge initiative follows a similar campaign in Whyalla earlier this year, which saw more than 40 tips provided to Crime Stoppers from the local community about criminal activity. Several people were arrested and charged with drug trafficking, and more than a third of those tips remain active investigations.

Anyone with information about criminals or suspicious activity can freecall Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a tip at https://crimestopperssa.com.au




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