Crime Stoppers Victoria is celebrating its most successful year on record of getting important crime prevention messages out to the community. Since January, more than 100,000 contacts have been made to our anonymous reporting service.
Working closely with our diverse range of valued partners — including Victoria Police, the Victorian Government, 9News, Herald Sun, BankVic, RACV, and Vision Australia Radio — the Crime Stoppers Victoria team has delivered a range of successful campaigns and brought to life several new, exciting projects during 2021. As we head into 2022, I’m excited to see what we can achieve together.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the holiday season,
Crime Stoppers Victoria was thrilled to be celebrated at the recent Crime Stoppers International Awards 2021, receiving accolades for our podcast series, and for helping police recover more than 87 million dollars’ worth of property through our anonymous reporting service.
The CSI Awards recognise programs and campaigns from around the world for excellence and contribution to the Crime Stoppers International vision of “mobilising the world to report information on crime and criminals, anonymously.”
Let’s Talk Scams
Crime Stoppers Victoria teamed up with Victoria Police and BankVic for Scams Awareness Week 2021. Our focus for this year’s campaign was investment scams, which have caused the most financial pain to Australians over the past 12 months. To promote conversation around scams, we released a successful podcast, “Let’s Talk Scams”, featuring Victoria Police Detective Superintendent Jane Welsh of the Cybercrime Division and BankVic Chief Information Officer Scott Wall.
Break the Chain
In partnership with the Conservation Regulator and Agriculture Victoria, we launched the Break the Chain campaign in October to encourage the public to report information about illegal wildlife trafficking — an industry that’s as profitable for criminals as illegal drugs and firearms trafficking.
Find out more here
Putting a Spotlight on Farm Crime
Targeting theft on farms, the Putting a Spotlight on Farm Crime campaign was rolled out in partnership with Victoria Police. As part of this campaign, free farm gate security signs were available for farmers and property owners to order from the Crime Stoppers Victoria website and collect from designated police stations across the state. The farm gate signs were so strongly received in the community that re-prints were required!
Find out more here
Targeting Crime on TV, Radio, and Print
We continue to partner with 9News Melbourne to produce the long-running “Target Crime” segment presented by Peter Hitchener. This weekly segment covers an unsolved incident that is being investigated by Victoria Police and requires identification of the offender/s with information from the public.
On the radio in 2021, we’ve loved chatting to InnerFM, Joy94.9FM, and Cindy and Daz on ExtraButter each week. We have used radio to share information about a range of people wanted on warrants by police. These cases are also published weekly in the Herald Sun, with the aim of encouraging people to share what they know with Crime Stoppers Victoria.
Hitting the Road with RACV 🚘
We’ll be cruising into 2022 in a new set of wheels thanks to RACV! The co-branded vehicle will be used for our community engagement events across Victoria, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for us when you’re out and about.
SafetyVision Podcast Premieres 🎙️
Since August, we’ve been producing a weekly radio show for Vision Australia Radio. Titled “SafetyVision”, the show offers safety advice and crime prevention tips to blind and low-vision members of the community. Prior to recording, each episode script is checked and approved by the Vision Australia team to ensure all content is relevant and inclusive to their national audience.
Take a listen here
Community Engagement in Action
Our intrepid Community Engagement team love nothing more than sharing community safety and crime reporting messages with people all around Victoria.
Highlights for 2021 include successfully holding the first Crime Stoppers Victoria Youth Advisory Group meeting, and working with Victorian Corrections Minister Natalie Hutchins to deliver a community consultation forum in October; this forum saw the team hear from a range of culturally and linguistically diverse community leaders.
The 2022 Community Engagement calendar is rapidly filling up, so if your local service club or community organisation is eager to learn more about the work Crime Stoppers Victoria does in the community, please email [email protected]