Crime Stoppers campaign puts criminal activity on the nose
In the past year Crime Stoppers received more than 313,000 anonymous tip-offs from members of the public across Australia.
That led to more than 151,000 reports, 6000 arrests and 18,000 criminal charges.
“When you look at the range, it goes from murder to minor offences like hooning,” Toowoomba Crime Stoppers president Dave Isherwood said.
The figures come as the Toowoomba Crime Stoppers Committee launched its 2020 awareness campaign.
It teamed up with the Armstrong Auto Group to place a Crime Stoppers air freshener in every vehicle sold or serviced by the businesses.
The Toowoomba Regional Council and will also hang the air fresheners in vehicles in its extensive fleet.
Mr Isherwood said the sweet-smelling tokens would prompt motorists to phone Crime Stoppers when they see something suspicious.
“As a community group Crime Stoppers does have great success,” he said.
Any piece of information, no matter how small, can help police solve crimes and improve community safety.
“Passing that information to an investigator just might make a rich tapestry so they can see something that has occurred that, before, did not make sense,” Acting Superintendent Danny Shaw said.
“It is always good for people to be vigilant and provide us with advice about what is going on in the community.”
As such, Toowoomba councillor James O’Shae said the program benefited the whole community.
“TRC is one of the largest employers across the region and our job is to look after the region – public safety is part of that,” he said.
“They look fresh, smell fresh and have an important message and a phone number on them as well.”
Originally published as Crime Stoppers campaign puts criminal activity on the nose