CRIME STOPPERS IS ENCOURAGING THE SUNRAYSIA COMMUNITY TO CALL OUT AND REPORT SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR
Crime Stoppers Victoria with Victoria Police are encouraging the Sunraysia community to report suspicious or criminal activity with the launch of the ‘Call it Out’ campaign.
Crime Stoppers’ ‘Call it Out’ campaign will be launched with Victoria Police on Thursday, 17 September 2020.
Chief Executive of Crime Stoppers Victoria, Stella Smith and Victoria Police, Superintendent Rebecca Olsen will be available to interview upon request.
Police in Mildura have noted an increase in people calling and reporting suspicious behaviour as a result of staying home and paying more attention to unusual activity in their communities. Calls to Crime Stoppers in the last three months have increased 24% from the start of the year.
Stella Smith, Chief Executive of Crime Stoppers Victoria, says it is encouraging to see so many people taking action against crime by sharing what they know.
“No-one should be silenced by crime. Crime Stoppers encourages people to speak out and to feel safe while doing so.
When reporting to Crime Stoppers, personal details are not required unless the person making the tip wishes to provide them. We don’t have caller ID and we don’t trace IP addresses.”
The increase of community reporting may be expected as crime rates, including drug and burglary offences, have increased in Mildura.
According to the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA), 542 Drug Offences were recorded (in the year ending March 2020) and 423 of these offences related to Drug Possession (previous year – 394).
CSA recorded 350 residential non-aggravated burglary offences (up from 336) and 467 thefts from motor vehicle offences (up from 382).
Superintendent Rebecca Olsen says police have increased their visibility in adapting to crime trends but always encourage the community to report what they know to police.
“Mildura Police have a great relationship with our community and to hear people reporting suspicious activity during COVID-19, shows how much our community cares about feeling safe, especially during difficult times.”
Superintendent Olsen understands some people may be reluctant to speak to police and says Crime Stoppers’ reporting service protects people who think there may be consequences attached to speaking out about criminal activity.
“Organised crime and illegal networks do exist in small communities and people would be surprised that even the smallest piece of information – when added to information police already have – can lead to arrests being made.”
Stella Smith from Crime Stoppers Victoria wants to remind the public that suspicious activity could be unusual or out-of-place behaviour and can be reported confidentially to Crime Stoppers.
“If something doesn’t look or feel right, it probably isn’t. You don’t need to be 100% sure of your information, or even 80% sure. Victoria Police make over 100 arrests each month from tips made to Crime Stoppers, so every tip counts.”
Confidential reports can be made to Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or on 1800 333 000.