Illegal guns affect everyone

Crime Stoppers Victoria and Victoria Police come together to get illegal guns off Victorian streets.

The Victorian community are being urged to come forward with any information they have about illegal guns in their community, in a new campaign from Crime Stoppers Victoria and Victoria Police.

The Illegal Guns Affect Everyone campaign is working with the community to get illegal guns off Victorian streets and out of the hands of people who wish to use them in a criminal act.

In 2015, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission conservatively estimated that there are 260,000 illicit firearms on the streets of Australia. This estimate is based on a range of intelligence sources, including firearm importation figures and seizure trends over time.

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Assistant Commissioner Tess Walsh wants all Victorians to consider how they would feel if an illegal firearm they knew about was used to harm someone.

“This campaign is targeting criminals who have gone at length to obtain a firearm illegally.

“If that individual has gone to the effort to obtain a gun illegally, then they have the propensity to use it.

“There has been an increase in shootings in Victoria this year, which has tragically led to nine people being killed and over 30 more being seriously injured. The firearms used in these shootings are believed to be illegal firearms.

“If a family member or close friend has an illegal gun, we are urging you to call Crime Stoppers and report what you know.

“If you fear for your safety, you can report anonymously to Crime Stoppers Victoria.

Crime Stoppers Executive Officer Stella Smith knows that community support is crucial when seizing illegal guns.

“Together with Victoria Police, we are urging Victorians to get behind this campaign and report anything they know about illegal guns in their community.

“In the past 12 months, Crime Stoppers Victoria has provided information to help remove 88 guns off Victorian streets. We know with the support of the public, we can increase this number and continue to protect the Victorian community.

“We are a completely confidential call centre. We don’t need to know who you are, we just need to know what you know.

“Any information about guns, where they are being concealed, and how they are being used is the key to seizing these dangerous weapons.

“Submit your report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.”

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