TODAY is Crime Stoppers Day and as such we are being urged to dial 1800 333 000 – 24 hours a day if we have important information that could help solve a crime.
The Crimestoppers website says Queensland is one of the most decentralised states in Australia with a widely dispersed population. The Crime Stoppers program provides an avenue for the community as a whole to assist police to solve crimes and ultimately make our State a safer place.
Queensland is unique to most other Australian States and Territories in that the program is supported by local Volunteer Area Committees. Queenslands’ continued success is due to the commitment of all of our Volunteer members.
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Crime Stoppers is a community volunteer organisation that believes the general public can help make a difference in solving and preventing crime.
Queensland CEO Trevor O’hara said last year they received 43,000 calls and 5,500 online reports which led to the arrest of 2,226 offenders on 5,500 charges. He said that is a great result for “an organisation where the community just take a few moments out of their day to tell us about something they’ve seen or heard around them”.
Mr O’hara said there was nothing new in the missing person’s cases of Novy Chardon, who disappeared from Logan more than a year ago, and others like that be he did say “we have those sorts of crimes on our website and if you do think of something that you haven’t yet shared with police remember Crime Stoppers guarantees your anonymity whether it’s on the phone, online or through the mobile app”.
“Let us know what you have seen or heard about those particular missing persons and we’ll pass it on to police and hopefully that liitle piece might help solve the crime puzzle” Mr O’hara said.
A focus of the day also involves raising awareness about the dangers of synthetic drugs. It is about raising awareness about the risks with using chemicals that mimic real drugs. Crime Stoppers said they are highly dangerous.