Victorians Get Behind The Hands Off Campaign

Crime Stoppers and Victoria Police are applauding the community for supporting The Hands Off Campaign.

The collaborative initiative between Crime Stoppers, Victoria Police and Public Transport Victoria launched on Monday, with Crime Stoppers releasing images of five men police wish to speak to regarding alleged sexual offences on public transport.

Information received from the community has assisted police to identify two men, and contributed further leads in the other investigations.

Today Crime Stoppers is releasing the images and details of a further five men police want to speak to in relation to sexual offending on or in the vicinity of public transport in Melbourne.

Victoria Police Inspector Karl Curran, of the Transit Safety Division, said: “Detectives have been reviewing the information provided to us by the community through Crime Stoppers, which has led to alleged offenders being identified and located with new leads being generated.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who has provided information, or shared the campaign on social media, as this information from the community is invaluable in helping us ensure a safe and secure public transport system.

“Please review the five images being released today and report anything you know to Crime Stoppers confidentially on 1800 333 000, via the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppersvic.com.au or the Crime Stoppers app.

“If your image is released, we urge you to make yourself known to police.”

Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager Cathy Rhodes said The Hands Off Campaign demonstrated the power of the community and the information it holds.

“We know that information from the community helps to solve crime, we see it every day at Crime Stoppers and this campaign is further proof of that,” she said.

“Thank you to the community for supporting The Hands Off Campaign – please continue to follow and support it by reporting anything you know to Crime Stoppers confidentially.”

The Hands Off Campaign will run between Monday October 23 and Sunday November 5 across Victoria.

To view the images being released please visit the Crime Stoppers Victoria website – crimestoppersvic.com.au – via our Facebook page @CrimeStoppersVic – or our Twitter page @CrimeStopperVic

If you have been a victim of sexual offence, please call Triple Zero or your local police station. Advice and support is also available at 1800 RESPECT or 1800respect.org.au

For more information as to what constitutes a sexual assault visit our website here.

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