CRIME STOPPERS IS ENCOURAGING VICTORIANS TO SAFEGUARD THEIR COMMUNITY AND REPORT SUSPICIOUS BURGLARY ACTIVITY IN THE CITY OF GREATER GEELONG
Crime Stoppers Victoria is encouraging people to ‘safeguard their community’ by reporting criminals involved in suspicious burglary activity.
The Crime Stoppers’ campaign ‘Safeguard your community’ will be launched with Victoria Police on Wednesday, 19 August 2020.
The campaign is a reminder for individuals to lock up and secure their property. Chief Executive of Crime Stoppers Victoria, Stella Smith says the campaign is also a reminder for the public to share what they know with Crime Stoppers.
“While coronavirus might be invisible to the naked eye, criminal activity is not. Aggravated burglaries are occurring in the City of Greater Geelong and we want help from the public to catch the offenders of these serious crimes. We want anyone with information to know they can contact Crime Stoppers; they don’t need to tell us who they are, we don’t use caller ID and we don’t trace IP addresses.”
According to the Crime Statistics Agency Victoria, 277 residential aggravated burglary offences occurred in the Geelong area, for the year ending March 2020. This was an increase of 42 offences or 17.9% from the previous twelve months.
Aggravated burglary is when someone is present in the property when it is being broken into. It is a public safety concern with linked offences including thefts of motor vehicles, family violence, and sometimes violence towards the victim.
Detective Senior Sergeant of Geelong Tasking and Crime Intervention Taskforce (TACIT), Stephen Pucar says detection and prevention strategies are in place to ensure safety in the local community:
“Victoria Police has a number of strategies in place to firstly detect and deter these types of offences from occurring where possible and hold perpetrators to account. This includes using real-time police intelligence to task patrols to high-risk community locations, running proactive high visibility operations in key hotspots, and managing high-risk persons of interest through enhanced offender management practices.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Pucar recognises the importance of community involvement when reporting suspicious criminal activity to police.
“Keeping each other safe is a community-effort and we need the community to share what they know. Individuals lock up their properties, police lock up offenders – it’s about keeping everyone safe by working together.”
With unlocked doors the most common point of entry in these aggravated burglaries, Stella Smith reminds the community that locking up is key to protecting your property or vehicle.
“Individuals who do not secure or lock up their property and think ‘there’s nothing to steal’ or ‘it won’t happen to me’ need to understand that criminals see imaginary dollar signs on everything.”
While prevention is always important, Stella Smith reiterates that it is the offender who is the criminal, not the person who didn’t lock their car or front door.
“This campaign is not about blaming individuals who didn’t lock up or secure their property. The campaign is about criminals doing the wrong thing and individuals doing the right thing by reporting what they know.”
Confidential reports can be made to Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or on 1800 333 000.