Nine News Adelaide notches up more than a decade of support to Crime Stoppers SA
Posted on 19/07/2021
Nine News Adelaide has committed to another 3-year extension as the media partner of Crime Stoppers SA, marking more than a decade of support to the award-winning crime solving organisation.
The agreement extension builds on the long-time support from Adelaide’s leading news team and ensures Crime Stoppers can continue to draw on the power of television to engage with South Australians to help solve and prevent crime.
Crime Stoppers SA (CSSA) Chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said the renewed commitment allowed Crime Stoppers to utilise weekly unsolved crime segments, news stories, and community service announcements to profile a range of unsolved crimes and promote crime prevention initiatives.
“As an independent not-for-profit we are extremely grateful to the Nine News Adelaide team for their ongoing support. As we celebrate 25 years of Crime Stoppers being in South Australia, this renewed agreement makes for the perfect birthday present indeed,” Ms Hanlon said.
“Ultimately, it is the South Australian community that benefits from our partnership, because it is an engaging way that we can engage people to speak up about unsolved crime and suspicious activity without the need to say who they are or get involved,” she said.
Channel 9 Adelaide Managing Director, Mr Sean O’Brien, said it was important for all South Australian businesses to do their bit for a safer community, and supporting the Crime Stoppers program was one of the station’s key initiatives to actively give back to the state.
“The global pandemic has reinforced the value of people looking out for each other and coming together as a community. Now more than ever it is important for people to know they are empowered through the Crime Stoppers program to speak up and share something that they may have seen or heard that wasn’t quite right,” Mr O’Brien said.
An average of 25 crimes are solved weekly thanks to information provided by the community to Crime Stoppers SA. A record number of calls in 2020 to the Crime Stoppers hotline saw 20,240 answered and 5,530 online reports received – resulting in an average of 55 calls received daily along with a daily average of 15 online reports. A total of 451 apprehensions were made thanks to information provided to Crime Stoppers during the year, as well as 34 firearms seized, 8 clandestine labs closed, and an estimated 2,780 amphetamine deals stopped from hitting the streets.
About Crime Stoppers SA
Crime Stoppers began in South Australia in 1996 and since then has played a critical role in encouraging people to come forward with information that helps to solve crimes and educate on topics such as property and personal safety, vehicle theft, and cyber safety. The program encourages people to be alert and engaged participants in their community and provides a secure way for information about illegal activity and unsolved crimes to be passed to police through an independent toll-free hotline and a website that guarantees anonymity with the option of a reward. Crime Stoppers SA works with police, the media and the public to solve, reduce and prevent crime.
More about Crime Stoppers SA can be found at https://crimestopperssa.com.au
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