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Crime solving arsenal bolstered by new website launch

Sharing what you know with the nation’s most trusted crime information reporting service just got a whole lot easier, with Crime Stoppers Australia taking the wraps off a brand new website at www.crimestoppers.com.au

The completely revamped website provides a one-stop shop for anyone wanting to contact any of the eight Crime Stoppers programs across the nation, access the latest crime prevention information about how to stay safe, as well as learn more about a range of national Crime Stoppers award-winning campaigns.

Crime Stoppers Australia Chair, Ms Diana Forrester says: “Getting smart on crime is essential to improving community safety and our new Crime Stoppers website ultimately helps ensure information is swiftly passed to police so they can act upon it and deliver real results.”

“We have seen murders, robberies, major arson incidents, fraud and drug dealing crimes successfully solved since the Crime Stoppers program began in Australia, and the launch of our new national website provides the community with the latest technology to encourage then to share what they know,” she said.

“With the 2016 Census showing that nearly half (49%) of Australians had either been born overseas or had one or both parents born overseas, the new website ticks the boxes when it comes to embracing cultural diversity too, with up to 10 language options for people to choose.”

“A growing number of people are opting to go online to provide us with information, with some of our state and territory jurisdictions now seeing almost half of their contacts occurring online. That technology trend has triggered the need to review and update our website to ensure it is fit-for-purpose and offers a great user experience.”

The website also features a handy ‘quick escape’ button on every page so someone can immediately leave the site if needed.

Ms Forrester said independent research recently estimated the economic value of Crime Stoppers to Australia as $170m, with an additional $66m in added value from drugs being seized, property returned, and crimes being prevented.

“Every dollar invested in Crime Stoppers delivers an outstanding $11.15 in return value. That’s a great result for the 77% of Australians who want to help prevent crimes from happening – and reinforces that Crime Stoppers operates in a way that encourages, enables and supports community participation,” she said.

“The launch of our new website is a key part of supporting community participation by providing a central national platform for people to contact us and access Crime Stoppers programs operating right across Australia.”

Regardless of how people contact Crime Stoppers, they don’t have to leave their personal details. Calls to the 1800 333 000 hotline are not recorded or traced and an IP address isn’t recorded when making an online report.

The new website has been made possible through a Federal Government grant.

Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or suspicious behaviour should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or going to www.crimestoppers.com.au