WITH more than 50,000 anonymous reports received, Crime Stoppers has been helping to keep Tasmania safe for more than 25 years.
Crime Stoppers International president Sharon Hanlon and the chairs of Crime Stoppers Australia and Crime Stoppers Tasmania gathered in Hobart last month to mark the 25th anniversary of Crime Stoppers Tasmania.
For 25 years, Crime Stoppers Tasmania has operated as an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation providing safe and anonymous ways to report crime.
In Tasmania, Crime Stoppers has assisted in 17,000 recorded offences, 4000 arrests, $7.3 million worth of drugs seized and $5.1 million of recovered property.
Crime Stoppers Tasmania chair David Daniels has been involved with the organisation since its inception.
“I am proud to say that I have been a part of the Crime Stoppers’ journey since a young police officer helped establish Crime Stoppers in Tasmania,” he said.
“I am also proud to say that this young Tasmanian police officer, Darren Hine, went on to become the Police Commissioner and still serves on the Crime Stoppers Board today.
“The Crime Stoppers model has stood the test of time, and reporting information on crime can be done by almost anyone.”
Crime Stoppers encourages all Tasmanians to play their part and keep providing information to stop the flow of illicit drugs into the state, assist in the removal of illegal guns, recovery of stolen valuables and equipment, and to find missing loved ones, wanted fugitives and people who deliberately light fires.
Minister for Police Mark Shelton congratulated Crime Stoppers Tasmania for its dedication in helping Tasmanians play their role in creating a safer Tasmania.
“By providing avenues for the community to anonymously report information about crime, Crime Stoppers provides an invaluable link between police and people who may hold the key to solving crime,” he said.
Anyone with information relating to crime in their community should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at crimestopperstas.com.au or 1800 333 000.
Caption: From left, Crime Stoppers International president Sharon Hanlon, Crime Stoppers Tasmania chair David Daniels and Crime Stoppers Australia chair Diana Forrester.