Monday 5 October 2015
Time is up for drug dealers in Flemington and Ascot Vale, with Crime Stoppers Victoria calling on local residents to report information about those manufacturing and distributing crystal methylamphetamine (‘ice’) and other illicit drugs.
The call comes as part of the Crime Stoppers Dob in a Dealer program, which over the past seven months has been rolled out in regional towns across Victoria to aid in the detection and disruption of supply of drugs throughout the state.
To date the Crime Stoppers campaign has been activated in regional communities around the state, including Ballarat, Echuca, Geelong, Mildura, Swan Hill, Horsham, Hamilton, Portland, Warrnambool, Moe, Traralgon, Shepparton, Wodonga, Sale and Bairnsdale, and has seen a significant increase in community information reports about methamphetamine activity across these communities, resulting in arrests and the seizure of drugs.
Crime Stoppers will now move to metro Melbourne, focusing on the Flemington and Ascot Vale area for a two week intensive Dob in a Dealer campaign from Monday 5 October 2015.
Crime Stoppers Victoria Community Manager Peter Brown was today joined by Victoria Police Acting Superintendent Geoff Kedge to launch the Flemington and Ascot Vale campaign and urged residents to play an active role and report those people that are bringing harmful drugs into the local community.
“Crime Stoppers has a long history of providing the community with a secure and confidential way to pass information along to police and now the Dob in a Dealer campaign aims to tap into information the community holds to help stop the manufacture and supply of drugs.” Mr Brown said.
“Ice has devastating effects on individuals, families and our local community. Any information you can supply will be completely anonymous and will help get drug dealers off our streets.”
Mr Brown encouraged residents in and around Flemington and Ascot Vale to take up the fight against drugs and report any information they may have about people who may be making, bringing or selling illicit drugs into the area.
“We know that drugs like crystal methylamphetamine are of serious concern in Flemington and Ascot Vale and in other Melbourne communities, and Dob in a Dealer is about stopping the manufacture, stopping the distribution, stopping the supply of ice into our communities.
“Crime Stoppers Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that is here to support the community. Your information, not your identity is passed on to police for further investigation. You will never be identified or called up for a court case, but your information does matter and it will be acted upon.
“Local residents often hold the key to information that can help reduce crime, and the record number of reports generated through the Dob in a Dealer program in regional Victoria highlight the real impact residents can have when they speak up against drugs,” Mr Brown said.
The Crime Stoppers Victoria Dob in a Dealer campaign is funded by the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program and run in collaboration with Victoria Police. The Flemington and Ascot Vale campaign is supported by the City of Moonee Valley.
If you think you have information about someone in your community who is manufacturing or supplying drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation, report securely online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or download the Crime Stoppers app for iPhone or Android. Information on how to make a report is available on our website in 24 different languages.
Crime Stoppers is focused on gathering information to stop the supply and manufacture of drugs. If you or someone you know is affected by drug use or addiction, please contact support services such as Family Drug Help on 1300 660 068 or Youth Support and Advocacy Service on 1800 014 446 or the Victorian Government’s new Ice Help Line – 1800 ICE ADVICE (1800 423 238) – which can direct users and families to the treatment and support services they need, and provide general information to the community about ice and its effects.
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