GEELONG COMMUNITY INTEGRAL TO CAMPAIGN SUCCESS

Crime Stoppers Victoria and Geelong Police are praising Geelong and Surf Coast residents for helping to locate wanted offenders and create a safer community.

The community response to the two-week public call-out which launched on February 2, 2018 has been significant, resulting in an impressive 70 per cent increase in intelligence reports to Crime Stoppers during the campaign period (as at midnight on Tuesday, 13 February, 2018).

The new information received from the community to Crime Stoppers has already provided some fantastic results, leading to four wanted offenders being located and arrested and contributing further leads in other investigations.

Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager Cathy Rhodes applauded Geelong and Surf Coast residents for their involvement in solving crime and creating a safer community.

“The people named as part of this successful campaign were wanted by police on arrest warrants for a number of crimes committed in Geelong and surrounding areas,” she said.

“The support from the public and media has been tremendous and this campaign could not have been so successful without the community really getting behind it.

“In total there was a 70 per cent increase in intelligence received from the community to Crime Stoppers during the campaign, which is a fantastic effort.

“Community engagement across our social media sites has also been significant, with our Facebook posts reaching more than half a million people.

“We want to thank the Geelong and Surf Coast community for supporting this campaign and continuing to trust us with their information. Together we have made the community a safer place to work and live.”

The two-week public call-out formed phase 2 of a collaborative three-month crime-fighting campaign between Crime Stoppers and Geelong Police, which was first launched in the city on Friday, 12 January, 2018.

Geelong Acting Superintendent Geoff Colsell said community information received as part of the campaign had been “integral” to creating a safer Geelong.

“I would like to extend our gratitude to the Geelong and Surf Coast community for its support during this campaign,” he said. “There is no doubt that the information received to Crime Stoppers has been integral to locating and arresting these wanted offenders.

“One of the wanted offenders named handed himself in to police while the others were located by police following information received from the community. This is an excellent result.

“Geelong police is still processing new information received from Crime Stoppers confidentially and will be following up any new lines of inquiry in the near future.

“Geelong police will continue to target those who commit crime in our community and my message to anyone planning on breaking the law is simple – we will find you, you will be arrested and charged and you will be held accountable for your actions.”

Phase 3 of the collaborative campaign will be held in March 2018 and will focus on unsolved crimes in the area involving moving CCTV footage.

Crime Stoppers Victoria and Victoria Police continue to urge the community to be vigilant and report crime information to the charity confidentially on 1800 333 000 or via our website at crimestoppersvic.com.au.

All information received is handled in utmost confidence. There is no caller ID or IP tracing.

In an emergency or if you see a crime happening call 000 immediately.

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