Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is a unique scheme based on a tripartite partnership between police, the media and the community.

Crime Stoppers

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Crime Stoppers is a unique scheme based on a tripartite partnership between police, the media and the community.

By calling the toll-free number of 1800 333 000, anyone can provide anonymous information about unsolved crime - and may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers was begun by a detective in Albuquerque, New Mexico, America, in 1976. It has been so successful that there are now 1000 schemes around the world.

In 1985, Victoria Police Media Director Geoff Wilkinson studied Crime Stoppers and Crime Watch schemes in America and England on a Churchill Fellowship, which led to Australia's first Crime Stoppers program in Victoria in 1987.

The scheme was adopted by New South Wales and Queensland in 1989 and 1990. In 1996, South Australia, the ACT, and the Northern Territory became the final States and Territories to join the scheme.

How does it work?

Crime Stoppers allows people to make anonymous, confidential calls to police with information about any unsolved crime. Calls are not taped or traced. When people call, they are issued with a code number which they quote when making further contact. If their information leads to an arrest, callers may eligible for rewards of up to $1000.

People can ring regarding the target crime which features each week, or with information about any other crime.

Crime Stoppers overcomes many of the reasons which inhibit people from reporting crime: not wanting to get involved, fear of retribution, or not being aware of the significance of something people may have observed. Many people ring Crime Stoppers who may not come forward otherwise. A surprising number ring out of civic-mindedness and never claim rewards.

The scheme has been extraordinarily successful around Australia, with arrests for everything from homicides to burglaries.

How to call?

To call Crime Stoppers, dial the toll-free number 1800 333 000. You can call at any time and can speak to anyone in the Crime Stoppers unit between normal working hours and after hours all Crime Stoppers calls will be answered by Communications sections. All calls will be treated in strictest confidence. Calls cannot be traced and Crime Stoppers does not have the Caller ID function