What is Crime Stoppers?
Crime Stoppers provides a telephone hotline and website for members of the community to provide anonymous information about criminal activity. This information is electronically sent to the police establishment nearest to where the crime is occurring for investigation.
- The caller need not give their name. Remaining anonymous allows them to overcome any fear of involvement or retaliation.
- Calls are not recorded or taped. Callers are not identified in any way.
- Callers are allocated a code number:
- To provide further information
- To check on the progress of the investigation
- To collect the reward.
Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000 (Landline Toll Free).
If you need police to attend an address or you need immediate police assistance DO NOT PHONE CRIME STOPPERS.
What Crime Stoppers does...
Receives anonymous information about crime and allocates it to the most appropriate police group to respond to it.
Provides feedback on investigations to callers who can quote their code number. No code - no information.
What Crime Stoppers does not do...
- Does not provide legal advice;
- Does not provide feedback to persons other than the original caller;
- Does not accept calls from people who are abusive or intoxicated;
- Does not take reports from members of the public for 'over-the-counter' matters normally dealt with at police stations.
What kind of information should callers provide?
- Any information about criminal activity either current or in the past;
- To be effectively investigated, this information should include things like:
- The names, address and vehicle registrations of offenders?
- Details of the crime - date, time place?
- Where did they get their information, how they know their information is true?
- Are there any vicious dogs / any firearms / weapons etc?
- Where is the property / drugs hidden?
- How many people live at the residence?
- Do they work - if so - Where? When?
It is not expected that callers put themselves at risk to obtain such details, but information which does not give police any facts - a person's name, address or vehicle registration - is of limited use.
It is important to remember that the information provided may lead to the accused person being taken into custody or their homes searched by the police. These are serious matters and obviously police need to make sure they can validate as much of the information as possible. Whilst the arrest of offenders is a pleasing result, the supply of intelligence data for dissemination is of equal value.
For more information about Crime Stoppers visit their website at https://crimestoppers.com.au/