The Impact Report shows 82% of all Australians feel safer knowing the program is in place across the country. The research also finds that 81% of Australians believe the option to remain anonymous when contacting the trusted information reporting channel, is a major drawcard.
At a press conference today with the ACT Policing Chief Police Officer, Assistant Commissioner Ray Johnson, the Crime Stoppers Australia Chair, Diana Forrester says:
Ms Forrester said the independently-commissioned Impact Report estimates 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.
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 being raised and passed to police investigators. The information those reports contained directly led to 5,406 apprehensions and more than 15,580 charges being laid. The ACT had the highest rate of reports per capita in Australia, with 12,236 contacts resulting in 50 arrests and 134 charges in the Territory last year.
ACT Policing provided funding assistance for a new website for ACT Region Crime Stoppers. The new site, crimestoppersact.com.au, is easier and faster to use and will enable better quality reports from the public.