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Roxby Downs residents encouraged to anonymously speak up for a better community

Posted on 20/10/2022

People visiting, working, and living in Roxby Downs can speak up and anonymously 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 new initiative in partnership with BHP and SA Police to give people greater control when it comes to maintaining a safe and empowered local community.

While the campaign encourages information about any type of crime or suspicious behaviour, people who behave in an anti-social way, are involved in dangerous or unlicenced driving and drug dealing are particularly in the spotlight.

Crime Stoppers SA CEO, Nigel Smart, said the community safety initiative was officially launched on 20 October 2022 at a briefing of local retailers and traders at the Roxby Downs Community Hub.

“We know that crime, and the fear of crime, impacts on community confidence. We encourage people to look out for each other so Roxby Downs residents can have a sense of community pride that is seen and felt by visitors,” Mr Smart said.

“Even though reported crime figures for the town are not particularly different to other regional communities, Crime Stoppers encourages people to anonymously share any information about crime or suspicious behaviour which makes them feel distressed, fearful or causes harm,” he said.

“We are particularly grateful for the civic leadership shown by BHP and the tremendous support of SA Police, and hope that together we can encourage people to reflect on local crimes and anti-social behaviour that concern them and share information with Crime Stoppers about those responsible.”

Chris Cottier, BHP Manager Corporate Affairs South Australia said BHP is proud to partner with both Crime Stoppers South Australia and SAPOL on this important initiative.

“This community safety initiative will play an important role in empowering and supporting local residents to play a part in ensuring Roxby Downs is a safe place to live, work and raise a family,” Mr Cottier said.

“BHP thanks Crime Stoppers and SAPOL for their continued efforts to create a safer South Australia.”

Officer in Charge of Roxby Downs Police, Senior Sergeant 1st Class Sam Thorn said everyone can contribute to a safer community.

“Solving and preventing crime is best achieved when police and the community work together to achieve meaningful results. SA Police relies on Crime Stoppers as a trusted and proven conduit for everyone in the community to share information safely – anonymously if they wish – that can genuinely make a difference,” he said.

During the campaign, local engagement activities will include a community forum and pop-up stall in the Community Hub, advertising and social media activity, posters and distribution of flyers at key community outlets.

The Roxby Downs 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 by police and charged with drug trafficking, while more than a third of those tips continue to remain active investigations.

Anyone with information about local crime or suspicious activity can anonymously call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit an online tip via our website.


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