• In 2013 calls to Crime Stoppers resulted in a record 1,115 arrests
• The number of charges laid in 2013 increased by more than 30 per cent compared to the previous year
• Victoria Coalition Government reinforcing partnership between community and police and building a better and safer Victoria
Victoria’s long-running Crime Stoppers program has continued to demonstrate its value with calls from the public recording a 9.3 per cent increase last year, resulting in a record 1,115 arrests.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said the number of charges laid in 2013 rose to 3982, an increase of more than 30 per cent compared to the previous year.
“More than 80 per cent of offenders featured in the ‘Victoria’s Most Wanted’ page in the Herald Sun newspaper were arrested because of information provided to Crime Stoppers,” Mr Wells said.
“This program has been helping police catch criminals for more than 25 years and the latest figures are testament to the effectiveness of the program, which is a fantastic result for the Victorian community.
“Crime Stoppers is a key partner in Victoria’s crime-fighting effort, with the community acting as the eyes and ears of the program.
“It is reinforcing the partnership between community and police while also helping the Victorian Coalition Government deliver on its objective to make Victoria a safer place.
The Coalition Government is working with Victoria Police, Crime Stoppers and the wider community to build a better and safer Victoria.”
Information provided to Crime Stoppers in 2013 resulted in the seizure of more than $19.5 million in drugs along with nearly $540,000 in cash. Property worth more than $876,000 was also recovered.
Mr Wells said the Coalition Government is fulfilling its commitment to deliver 1,700 additional frontline police by November 2014 at a cost of $602 million.
“Currently, there are more than 1,200 additional police protecting the community than when the Coalition Government took office in November 2010,” Mr Wells said.
“This represents the largest single law enforcement recruitment exercise in Victoria’s history.
Mr Wells thanked Crime Stoppers’ community partners and supporting media outlets, particularly the Nine Network and the Herald Sun.
“Fighting crime isn’t just about what the police and government do. It’s up to everyone to provide information to help prosecute criminal activity.” Mr Wells said.
“The Coalition Government is proud to support the valuable work of Crime Stoppers, which gives people the opportunity to help make their communities safer.”
“If you see something or know something, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
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