Our international network
Crime Stoppers Australia is a key member of the 1200 programs that operate in more than 20 countries as part of the Crime Stoppers International network.
Two representatives from the Crime Stoppers Australia Board are nominated as members of the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers International, which has its global headquarters in the Netherlands.
Transnational criminal markets criss-cross the planet, conveying drugs, arms, trafficked women and children, toxic waste, stolen natural resources or protected animals’ parts.
Hundreds of billions of dollars of dirty money flows around the world every year, distorting local economies, corrupting institutions and fuelling conflict. Transnational organised crime has become a central issue in international affairs, an important factor in the global economy, and an immediate reality for people around the world.
Given this interconnectivity, CSI principal areas of focus are international fugitives, illicit trade, human trafficking, environmental and wildlife crime and cybercrime.
Every 14 minutes a crime is solved somewhere in the world as a direct result of Crime Stoppers.
How it all began
In 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a detective was frustrated by a lack of progress for an investigation into the shooting murder of a young college student during a service station robbery.
With a lack of witnesses, a re-enactment of the murder was shown on the local TV station and people with information were promised anonymity and the possibility of a cash reward if the information led to an arrest.
That appeal saw a person come forward who had seen a car driving off and reported that it belonged to a resident in a nearby apartment complex. Acting on that information, two men were arrested and charged with the murder and a string of other armed robberies less than 72 hours later.