Crime Stoppers Victoria is celebrating yet another record-breaking year of community-driven crime fighting and prevention, as highlighted by the release of its 2016 calendar year results.
More than 81,000 phone and online reports were received from the community to Crime Stoppers Victoria during the last calendar year, subsequently resulting in more than 42,000 Information Reports being passed to Victoria Police for investigation.
This intelligence led to a total 1,541 arrests and 5,599 charges laid across the state – both record-breaking outcomes since the charity’s inception.
The results come as Crime Stoppers Victoria enters its 30th year of crime-fighting to keep Victorian families and communities safe.
Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO Sam Hunter said the results were thanks to the continued dedication by all Victorians to Crime Stoppers Victoria’s crime-fighting cause.
“The record-breaking results achieved during 2016 once again truly demonstrate the power of the community and the information it holds,” she said.
“As a result of the information received from the community, thousands of crimes have been solved and many victims of crime have received the justice they deserve.
“A huge thank you must go to all Victorians for helping us to keep your families and communities safe – let’s keep up the good work as we move forward into our 30th year.”
Information collected further resulted in the seizure of $7,109,855.00 worth of drugs, $1,836,768.00 worth of property and $344,161.00 in cash through the 2016 calendar year.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said: “Crime Stoppers Victoria plays a vital role in helping us to receive information and solve crimes. Through them the community helps locate missing people, and solve burglaries, drug trafficking, homicides and everything in between.
“After 30 years, their brand remains strong. The community continues to recognise the need to contact Crime Stoppers when they want to report something suspicious or to provide that one bit of information that could lead to an arrest.”
Minister for Police Lisa Neville said Crime Stoppers Victoria was a vital tool to keep Victoria safe.
“Crime Stoppers is part of the fabric of our state – connecting the community and Victoria Police to help report and solve crime.
“It’s a number we know to call when we have information that could be useful to investigators, and it’s great to see Victorians continue to embrace this tremendous initiative.
“It has been integral to solving many thousands of crimes and preventing many more.”
If you know something, say something! Reporting information to Crime Stoppers is completely confidential, and is accessible by contacting one of our call centre personnel on 1800 333 000, reporting on our website here or downloading our free smartphone app.
Crime Stoppers remains a not-for-profit community organisation – To aid us in continuing to make Victoria a safer place, donations can be made on our website here.
Outcomes recorded for the 2016 Calendar Year:
Outcomes recorded since Crime Stoppers’ inception in 1987 to December 31, 2016:
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