Crime Stoppers Victoria is calling on Geelong and Surf Coast residents to help locate wanted offenders by reporting information on their whereabouts confidentially to Crime Stoppers.
The not-for-profit crime-reporting organisation has today named 10 offenders wanted by Geelong Police for a number of crimes committed in the local area.
A further 10 wanted offenders will be named next week and the community is urged to report anything they know of the offenders confidentially to Crime Stoppers.
The move comes as part of a three-month collaborative campaign between Crime Stoppers Victoria and Geelong Police to drive down crime across the area and create a safer community.
Geelong Acting Superintendent Geoff Colsell said he was confident that many of the offenders still resided in the local area.
“Each person we are looking for is known to either frequent the Geelong and Surf Coast region or have links to the area, so we believe someone in the community will know where they are,” he said.
“Together these people have committed a number of crimes in our community and they must be held accountable for their actions, but we need the community to help us find them.
“We’re urging anyone with any information relating to the offenders named as part of this campaign to not approach them, but report what they know to Crime Stoppers confidentially.
“If your image is released, we urge you to present yourself to your local police station. We know who you are, it’s just a matter of time before the community tells us where you are.”
The two-week public call-out follows a successful roll-out of the initiative across both the Latrobe Valley and Bendigo in 2017 as well as in Ballarat in late 2016.
Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager Cathy Rhodes said the community is key to helping stop and solve crime.
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“No one knows their community better than the people who live and work there and we know with the support of the community this campaign can lead to real results.
“So please, if you know who these people are, or if you have information relating to any other crime, we urge you to report what you know confidentially to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or on our website at crimestoppersvic.com.au.
“All information received is handled in utmost confidence and you do not need to give us any personal details if you don’t want to. There is no caller ID or IP tracing.”
Crime Stoppers Victoria will release the images and details of a further 10 offenders next week.Donate to crime stoppers