Our Timeline

November 1 1987

Crime Stoppers Australia Ltd (CSA) established

Crime Stoppers Australia Ltd (CSA) established

Crime Stoppers Australia established as an independent not-for-profit registered charity, representing the collective eight state and territory programs in Australia.

The Board of Directors is made up of representatives from volunteer Boards for each jurisdiction and a Senior Executive representing the Australian Police Commissioners.

June 30 2002

More than 21,000 arrests achieved

More than 21,000 arrests achieved

Since it inception, Crime Stoppers across Australia received (up to 30 June 2002) a total of 1,131,750 calls, 21,537 arrests and 82,938 charges.

November 8 2006

Updated National website launched

Updated National website launched

Crime Stoppers Australia launches a website as an additional means of engaging with the community, offering easy access links to state and territory-based programs.

July 27 2009

Lockwood partnership announced

Lockwood partnership announced

This announcement marked a new strategic partnership in Crime Prevention for Australia and remained in place for more than a decade

August 24 2009

Data Dot partnership announced

Data Dot partnership announced

Whilst a key focus of CSA operations remained on crime solving, CSA began to broaden its perspective to take a pro-active position in crime prevention, urging homeowners and businesses to mark assets of significant value.

November 1 2009

Crime Stoppers Australia launches national initiative to combat movie piracy in conjunction with AFACT – Australian Federation Against Copyright theft

July 1 2010

Operation ROAM launched

This campaign targeted 17 of Australia’s most wanted fugitives who had been on the run for between three (3) and 16 years – the campaign resulted in the apprehension of eight (8) fugitives within the first month.

October 1 2010

CSA conducted a joint national operation in coordination with Police targeting Methamphetamine production and distribution

The 2-week national blitz promoted a call to action asking people to share information about suspected clan labs in their community. The initiative resulted in 375 arrests, seizure of 28kg of drugs, 23 firearms and over $140,000 in cash.

December 31 2011

National statistics for 2011

The year saw 216,144 calls received across the nation, resulting in 82,493 Information Reports, 5,127 arrests and 12,081 charges laid.

January 1 2012

National initiatives for the year

National initiatives for the year

Identity Theft Awareness: An education program explaining the do’s and don’ts and how to best protect your identity.

Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs: Working with Police across certain States and Territories, a campaign was developed to encourage the public to call Crime Stoppers with relevant information.

Operation INFRA9: A worldwide fugitive hunt coordinated by Interpol and supported by Crime Stoppers International and Crime Stoppers Australia.

 

March 25 2012

Mobile version of the website launched

Mobile version of the website launched

This initiative allowed uploading of information about criminal activity together with photos and videos using a smart phone or tablet computer.

June 1 2013

New look logo introduced nationally

New look logo introduced nationally

December 31 2014

2014 National results released

2014 National results released

National results in 2014 saw 113,000 intelligence reports written from 252,000 contacts, leading to 5,419 arrests and 16,022 charges laid for a range of crimes.

February 16 2015

Inaugural Crime Stoppers Day launched across Australia

Inaugural Crime Stoppers Day launched across Australia

National Crime Stoppers Day 2015 marked the achievement of more than one million people contacting Crime Stoppers since it was founded in Australia in 1987, with the total number of arrests resulting from Crime Stoppers reports passing 50,000.

August 17 2015

National fugitive operation launched

The initiative was a joint operation between Crime Stoppers and all police jurisdictions around Australia to track down 20 of the country’s most wanted fugitives.

February 22 2016

Dob in a Dealer national campaign announced

Dob in a Dealer national campaign announced

During the campaign more than 3.6kgs of illicit substances, including methylamphetamine, representing more than $860,000 worth of illicit drugs, were seized by police and prevented from being trafficked throughout Australia and further afield. The Dob in a Dealer initiative also generated significant media interest, estimated to be valued at almost $7.5million.

August 15 2016

Operation Roam launched

Operation Roam launched

Operation Roam asked for the public’s help to catch 19 fugitives, with 12 of those wanted people located thanks to help from the community. 

May 15 2017

National Crime Stoppers Day

National Crime Stoppers Day

As part of the day Crime Stoppers released a new animated video which helps to inform Australians about the methods by which they can contact Crime Stoppers.

July 10 2017

Three-month National Firearms Amnesty campaign launched

Three-month National Firearms Amnesty campaign launched

CSA implemented a national Illicit Firearms Campaign funded by the Attorney General’s Department to support the amnesty. The grass roots community focus adopted engaged more than 255,000 people through 79 community events delivered across the country and reached almost 1.4 million people via social media.

The campaign drew international accolades, being recognised at the 2018 Crime Stoppers International Awards for Excellence.

August 21 2017

Operation Roam launched

Operation Roam launched

Operation Roam | Rogue Radar saw images of 20 wanted people in Australia and asked for community help to catch them.

May 20 2018

Crime Stoppers Day

Crime Stoppers Day

The theme of the 2018 event was ‘crime is crime in any language’ to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to share what they know about unsolved crimes and suspicious activity.

September 1 2018

2nd Dob in a Dealer national campaign launched

The national initiative asked for information about manufacturing, dealing and trafficking of all illicit drug types in the community. A total of 47,277 drug-related Information Reports were received, 81 local engagement events conducted, 2,293 drug-related Information Reports received and more than 1800 media features noted. An estimated total social media audience reach of 1,939,072 people occurred, with more than 101,000 likes, comments and shares.

November 1 2018

Chairperson Sharon Hanlon elected President of Crime Stoppers International (CSI)

Chairperson Sharon Hanlon elected President of Crime Stoppers International (CSI)

Ms Hanlon was the first woman to hold the post.

November 1 2018

Crime Stoppers Australia launches Facebook page

Crime Stoppers Australia launches Facebook page

See our Facebook page here.

December 31 2018

2018 national results released

2018 national results released

In 2018, Crime Stoppers programs across the nation received 319,861 contacts via the hotline, website and other means, resulting in 145,442 information reports, resulting in 5,406 apprehensions and more than 15,580 charges laid.

May 16 2019

Diana Forrester elected Chair of Crime Stoppers Australia

Diana Forrester elected Chair of Crime Stoppers Australia

In addition to being the first woman to hold this important national post, Diana is also Chair of ACT Region Crime Stoppers.

May 27 2019

Impact Report released

Impact Report released

The Impact Report, released on Crime Stoppers Day, 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.

 

May 30 2019

20th year milestone of Crime Stoppers in every Australian State and Territory

20th year milestone of Crime Stoppers in every Australian State and Territory

December 31 2019

Crime Stoppers achieves one contact every two minutes resulting in 100 apprehensions every week

Crime Stoppers achieves one contact every two minutes resulting in 100 apprehensions every week

A total of 313,655 contacts were received in 2019 about criminals and illegal activity, leading to 155,240 information reports for follow-up action by police, resulting in 5,215 apprehensions  and 18,686 charges.

January 23 2020

New website launched

New website launched

The completely revamped website ensured 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.

Read the media release here.

May 18 2020

Crime Stoppers Day

Crime Stoppers Day

An independent national survey reveals as many as 1 in 5 Australians choose to turn a blind eye to unsolved crime and suspicious activity rather than speaking out, prompting the theme “Trust Your Gut.”

October 27 2020

YouTube channel launched

YouTube channel launched

Visit our YouTube channel here.

May 17 2021

Crime Stoppers Day

Crime Stoppers Day

Crime Stoppers Day 2021 provided opportunity to remind people that their superpower is the courage to speak up and share what they know about unsolved crime and suspicious activity.

Read more here.