Report Crime Information
Who to contact when?
Triple Zero - 000
Call 000 immediately if the incident is life-threatening, needs immediate police attendance, a crime is happening now, or an offender is (or may be) still in the area.
What happens next?
What does Crime Stoppers do with this information?
When a tip is provided Crime Stoppers prepares a report for Victoria Police investigators – personal information that could identify the person making the report is removed.
If the person making the tip has chosen to identify themselves and/or offer further assistance to investigators, police have to request these details from Crime Stoppers, it is not passed on with the tip.
No other identifying details such as Caller ID or IP addresses are stored by Crime Stoppers.
Do I have to say who I am?
No. Crime Stoppers wants to know what you know, not who you are.
People have many different reasons for not sharing their identity.
Sometimes they are worried about getting in trouble with the people they are sharing information about.
Sometimes people don't want to get involved in further investigations and possible court action.
All these people do care about a safer community, and these tips are one way to make this happen.
Sometimes an anonymous tip will solve a case but generally anonymous tips add new information to an unsolved case or verify information police already have. Anonymous tips add a piece to the puzzle, or the tip can justify police opening an investigation.
Every tip counts! Anonymous or not.
Do I speak with a member of the Police when I call 1800 333 000?
No, you speak with a Crime Stoppers representative. You can ask to be contacted by the Victoria Police if you choose.
How will I know if something has happened with my information?
You probably won't know if something has happened with your report.
As confidentiality is a key part of Crime Stoppers' success we take it very seriously.
We can't contact you to let you know how it is happening, and we don't hear back from Victoria Police on individual investigations as these are also confidential.
You may see that police have raided a drug dealer's house, or arrested a person accused of a murder in 1996 but no one will know it was from a Crime Stoppers tip.
We do share the successes of Victoria Police arrests and drug/property/cash seized each month but we don't go into detail.
Tips to Crime Stoppers have resulted in amazing successes that keep our community safer, but you will have to trust us on this one.
What if I am not 100% sure of my information?
If you think your information could be helpful, Crime Stoppers wants to hear it.
If you are 10% confident or 100% confident, we are experienced with all kinds of tips.
What if I am wasting your time with my information?
If you think your information could be helpful, Crime Stoppers wants to hear it. This is what we do, so you are not wasting our time.
Some tips might useful immediately, others will form part of Victoria Police's intelligence holdings that may be used in future investigations.
Does Crime Stoppers record calls or store IP addresses for on-line reports?
Calls to Crime Stoppers are not recorded and Crime Stoppers does not store IP addresses.
Can I submit photo and video?
Yes, you can submit photo and video files. Online reports can accept up to four images. If you have additional images you would like to share, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
If you choose to remain anonymous, the metadata is stripped from these files. The content of the file will be supplied to investigators in it's original unedited format.
Can Crime Stoppers access the metadata in the images I upload to the website?
You decide. If you choose to remain anonymous all metadata is stripped from the images you upload.
I'm a victim of crime, can I report to Crime Stoppers?
If you require immediate assistance please dial 000 for emergency services. If require non-urgent police assistance please dial the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. If you have information on a crime, call Crime Stoppers confidentially on 1800 333 000 or submit an online report here.
The Victims of Crime Helpline, operated by the Victorian Government, helps people in Victoria manage the effects of violent crime. Victims can receive free information and support to help them manage the effects of crime and guide them through the legal process. Call or text the Victims of Crime Helpline to:
- Get advice about reporting a crime
- find other services that can help you
- get information about your rights
- get information about how courts work
- get help applying for compensation and financial assistance.
Open: 8am-11pm, 7 days a week
Call the Victims of Crime Helpline on: 1800 819 817
Text: 0427 767 891
Do I get a reward for my information?
There is no reward given for information provided.
After you have given us your information, it is checked over by Crime Stoppers operators to make sure nothing can identify you. The information is then passed across to the relevant Victoria Police Unit to investigate. All of the information that you provide to us remains confidential.
Is Crime Stoppers Victoria part of the Police or the Government?
No. We work along side Victoria Police and the Government, but we are a separate not-for-profit organisation.
Do Crime Stoppers Victoria send text messages?
Crime Stoppers Victoria do not text individuals. If you receive a text message from our number, 1800 333 000, this a scam. Please ignore it.
Who should I be telling my information to?
If in doubt, you can share your information with Crime Stoppers, we do pass information onto different agencies.
You might find it easier to go to one of the agencies listed below.
To make a complaint about State or Territory police
Contact your local police to find out who investigates complaints in your State or Territory. Each State or Territory has a different agency responsible for investigating police complaints and allegations of corruption. If your complaint is about a Victoria Police member, read about the process here.
Report Racism, Sexual Harassment or Discrimination
Submit a report, or lodge a formal complaint at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission website.
Report Centrelink or Medicare fraud
Call the Australian Government Services Fraud Tip-off line 131 524 or report it to Centrelink or Medicare via the Services Australia website.
Cybercrime (including online fraud, such as eBay, and internet scams)
Report cybercrime to the Australian Signals Directorate 'Report Cyber'
Offensive content on the internet
Report it to the Australian Communication and Media Authority