CRIME STOPPERS VICTORIA CONTINUES GEELONG CRIME FOCUS

Crime Stoppers Victoria has today named a further 10 offenders wanted by Geelong Police on outstanding arrest warrants for a number of crimes committed in the local area.

The Geelong public call-out aimed at locating wanted offenders is now in its second week and forms part two of a three-month collaborative campaign between Crime Stoppers Victoria and Geelong Police which commenced in January.

A significant number of intelligence reports have so far been received to Crime Stoppers from the community and passed to Geelong Police for further investigation, while 2 wanted offenders have also been arrested as a result of the campaign.

Geelong Inspector Craig Darlow said the police were now investigating new information received in relation to the wanted offenders released during week one.

“The community has been very proactive in coming forward with information to assist in finding the first series of wanted persons,” he said.

“Progress has been very positive in terms of locating a number of these individuals and we thank everyone who has either provided information or promoted the campaign over the past week.

“The message is clear to anyone with outstanding warrants. We know who you are, the community will tell us where you are. If you know you are wanted by police, come and see us before we come and see you.”

Crime Stoppers Victoria is continuing to urge the community to get behind the collaborative campaign and report what they know to the crime-fighting charity confidentially.

“Community information is integral to solving crime,” said Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager Cathy Rhodes. “No one knows their neighbourhood better than the people that live and work there.

“These offenders are wanted for serious crimes committed in the local area with many wanted for multiple offences. They must be held accountable for their actions.

“We have been overwhelmed by the public response to this extremely successful campaign so far, with a significant number of information reports being made to Crime Stoppers over the last week.

“As we enter week two of the campaign we’re asking the community to please continue to support it by reporting any information they have in relation to the wanted offenders confidentially to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via our website crimestoppersvic.com.au.

“All information received is handled in utmost confidence. There is no caller ID or IP tracing.”

The aim of the collaborative three-month campaign between Crime Stoppers Victoria and Geelong Police is to drive down crime across the area and create a safer community.

Part three of the Geelong campaign will launch in March and focus on unsolved crimes involving CCTV footage.

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