Major Funding Boost Will Help Create A Safer Victoria

Crime Stoppers Victoria (CSV) CEO Erika Owens has welcomed the Victorian Government’s Community Safety Statement funding announcement.

CSV is delighted to receive $2.8 million over the next four years as part of a $25 million crime prevention package, ensuring the charity can continue its important work to keep the community safe.

“CSV plays a unique role in our community, as the only not-for-profit crime intelligence and crime prevention service in Victoria,” said Ms Owens.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Victorian Government for its support and commitment to make Victoria a safer place. This funding will go a long way to ensure we can continue our important work with Victoria Police and all our other stakeholders.

“As a charity we rely on the support of our generous corporate partners and donors to support our mission: to make Victoria a safer place for us all to work and live. We see this funding as a wonderful endorsement by the Victorian Government of all of the fantastic results we achieve every year.”

Crime Stoppers Victoria is a not-for-profit crime detection, reporting and prevention organisation. We work with a range of stakeholders to produce a suite of campaigns, services, programs and projects to improve community safety outcomes.

Community information is integral to the success of our service, leading to thousands of crimes being solved every year – including more than 100 murders in total – and assisting to secure justice for many Victorians

Facts and figures confirm the program’s extraordinary – and still growing – success.

In our first 30 years, 931,301 calls, contacts and online reports have been made to Crime Stoppers from the community in total since its inception in 1987 – subsequently resulting in 21,340 arrests and 85,051 charges laid across the state during that time.

It’s estimated that more than 50 percent of Victoria Police’s overall intelligence holdings now come through the Crime Stoppers Unit.

In the last financial year alone, our work achieved 5,470 charges as well as 1,532 arrests across the state – both record-breaking results.

Furthermore, community intelligence also resulted in the recovery of $11,507,510.00 worth of drugs, $2,211,157.00 worth of property and $3,394,384 of cash throughout the year.

CSV’s Chair of the Board of Directors, Mark Burke, said the funding boost will ensure we can continue to serve the Victorian community and keep us all safe.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Minister for Police, Lisa Neville, and the Victorian Government for supporting the great work of Crime Stoppers through this generous funding boost,” he said.

“The monies will ensure Crime Stoppers Victoria can continue in its efforts to help solve crime and secure justice for victims for many more years to come.”

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