Crime Stoppers started in Australia 31 years ago – but the idea for a local program was not conceived until 1996 and ACT Region Crime Stoppers was established in 1998 so this month marks the 25th Anniversary.

“Every day Canberrans help solve and prevent crimes by sharing what they know with us, either online or to the call centre. We are proud of the brand recognition and respect Crime Stoppers has achieved in the Capital Region and the impact this has on keeping our community safe.” Oliver Forrester, Chair of ACT Region Crime Stoppers said.

“Crime prevention and community safety is increasingly important in our growing city and Crime Stoppers has a vital role to play” Mr Forrester added. As a voluntary community organisation and registered charity, Crime Stoppers relies on corporate partnerships, government funding, and community donations for its operations and campaigns. “Our call centre, sophisticated anonymised online reporting platform, community awareness programs, crime education campaigns and community services such as Bikelinc, would not be possible without this support,” Mr Forrester explained. “Achieving our 25-year milestone is an opportunity to thank all of those who have supported and enabled us to make a difference.”

Crime Stoppers works in partnership with the community, local media, Neighbourhood Watch and the police to help solve and prevent crime which helps create a safer Australia. Someone contacts Crime Stoppers every minute in Australia with information that leads to more than 80 arrests every week.

“Not everyone is comfortable contacting or reporting information directly to the police and that’s where Crime Stoppers comes in. If people see something or hear something suspicious, or you witness criminal activity, or you hear someone planning a crime we urge you to tell Crime Stoppers. It’s a 24/7 service and you can remain anonymous,” Mr Forrester concluded. It’s easy to report to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000, or by reporting online to

Acting Sergeant Kath McRae and Oliver Forrester

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