Report Crime Information

You can share your crime information with Crime Stoppers online or over the phone.

Unsure how to lodge a report? View our reporting guide below.

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.

To report non-urgent crimes and events.

To report COVID breaches.

To report crime information confidentially.

Note: Crime Stoppers is unable to offer emergency response services or assist victims of crime.

How it Works

You provide crime information to Crime Stoppers, either online or over the phone. 

Our call-takers will take this information and prepare a report, making sure to remove any personal information that could identify you. 

We then send this anonymous report through to
Victoria Police for further investigation.

Online Reporting Guide 

Our handy reporting video gives you a quick peek into our online reporting system.

FAQ

Making a report?

While you are in control of how much or little you tell us, some information such as the below is extra helpful:

 

Who (Person)

Do you know the names, ages and addresses of the individuals involved?
What do they look like?  Can you comment on their nationality, age, build, hair style/length/colour, height, and whether they have any facial hair, tattoos or piercings? What clothes were they wearing, and were they carrying anything with them? If speaking, were they speaking with an accent or in a foreign language?

Who (Transport)

Do you remember any details about the type of transport being used? Was it a car, bicycle, motorbike, or form of public transport? Can you comment on the colour, vehicle registration number, make and model, and any other distinctive features such as roof racks, damage, or modifications? 

What

Please describe the activity you saw or overheard. What made this activity suspicious to you (trust your instincts)?

When

What day and approximate time did this suspicious or illegal activity take place?

Where

What location did this occur at? Was it in a house, park, office, school, factory, farm, on the train, in an Uber or taxi?

How

 Do you have information about the activity?  How it was or will be carried out?

While every piece of information provided helps police to take action, you are never expected to put yourself at risk to get these details. Your safety always comes first.

No! Anonymity is extremely important to us. Crime Stoppers Victoria 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.

 

Sometimes an anonymous report will solve a case or add new information to an unsolved case to verify information police already have.  Anonymous tips add a piece to the puzzle for a safer community.

 

Every tip counts! Anonymous or not.

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 information.

Whether you remember all of the details, or just a handful, 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 be useful immediately, others will form part of Victoria Police's intelligence holdings that may be used in future investigations. Every report helps to create a safer Victoria.

There is no expiry date on reports to Crime Stoppers. If you have seen, heard, or know something suspicious, we want to hear from you. Your information could be the missing piece of the puzzle.

Yes, you can submit photos and videos. Online reports can accept up to four images per report. 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 its original and unedited format.

Calls to Crime Stoppers are not recorded and Crime Stoppers does not store IP addresses.

You decide.  If you choose to remain anonymous all metadata is stripped from images or videos you upload.

If you require immediate assistance please dial 000 for emergency services. If you 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 

Website: victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au    

Police connection?

No, you speak with a Crime Stoppers representative. You can ask to be contacted by the Victoria Police if you choose.

No. We work closely with Victoria Police and the Government, but we are a separate not-for-profit organisation.

What happens next?

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.

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 what 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. 

Crime Stoppers Victoria do not text individuals. If you receive a text message from our number, 1800 333 000, this a scam. Please do not reply or click on any links.

If you have chosen to identify yourself and/or offer further assistance to investigators, police will have to request these details from Crime Stoppers. These details are not automatically passed on with the report.

Who should I be telling my information to?

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.

Submit a report, or lodge a formal complaint at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission website. 

Call the Australian Government Services Fraud Tip-off line 131 524 or report it to Centrelink or Medicare via the Services Australia website.

There are steps you can take to reduce or stop spam.

If you think someone has broken the spam rules, you can complain or report spam to ACMA.

 

Crime Stoppers Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Crime Stoppers Victoria (ABN 15 006 945 151) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Donations of $2 or more to Crime Stoppers Victoria are tax deductible in Australia.
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