As Crime Stoppers Victoria ends a record-breaking year, the Victorian Government has extended its funding support for the non-profit organisation, providing $2.85 million over the next four years.
Stella Smith, Chief Executive of Crime Stoppers Victoria says this funding provides significant support and reflects the importance of Crime Stoppers to the Victorian community.
The 2020-21 financial year saw Victorians share unprecedented levels of information with Crime Stoppers that helped prevent and solve crime. The year saw an extra 1000 tips each month, resulting in 92,000 calls and online reports over the year – an increase of 14% from the previous period. It has also been a record year for drug seizures as a result of tips to Crime Stoppers, with more than $82 million worth of drugs being taken off the streets.
Calls relating to Covid breaches were directed to the Police Assistance Line, however Crime Stoppers still received 2,214 reports over the year.
“We think as people spent more time at home, they perhaps had a stronger appreciation of community safety, and they were also more likely to notice suspicious activity.”
“This funding has enabled us to build on the awareness of crime prevention in the community through increased information resources, launching a new website and a crime reporting system that is available in ten languages. Our reach continues to grow through an active social media presence and attendance at community events across Victoria.”
“We are grateful to the Minister for Crime Prevention, the Hon Natalie Hutchins and the Victorian Government for their continued support. The value this provides to a not-for-profit organisation cannot be overstated.”
“The funding commitment will help Crime Stoppers to achieve our goal of a safer Victorian community.”
Across the 2020/21 financial year, Crime Stoppers recorded 92,003 tips from the Victorian public resulting in over 1,023 arrests.
Over 1.2 million tips to the organisation since it started in 1987 have resulted in:
26,914 arrests and
over $371 million in drugs, property and cash seized.
Stella Smith says, “An important part of our role is helping to prevent crime, which is harder to measure in terms of raw numbers. We can’t count people who don’t get scammed or don’t have their car keys stolen, all of which are great outcomes for these individuals as well as for our community.”
Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins says the funding announcement reinforces the value Crime Stoppers Victoria has to the entire community.
“We are proud to support Crime Stoppers Victoria and their work helping Victorians be and feel safer. By increasing Crime Stoppers’ funding in the 21-22 State Budget, the Andrews Labor Government is helping communities work together to keep each other safe. I encourage any Victorians with information that could be helpful to prevent or solve crimes to contact Crime Stoppers.”