Child residing in a drug house

Information was received at Crime Stoppers regarding a child residing in a drug house in Nambucca Heads NSW.

Information was received at Crime Stoppers regarding a child residing in a drug house in Nambucca Heads NSW. Police attended the residence and checked on the welfare of the child. Police also located 10 x hydroponic cannabis plants located in a bedroom. The plants were seized and a male occupant arrested and charged Cultivate prohibited plants.

 

Manslaughter charges

In January 2019, a stolen motor vehicle was involved in a fatal collision on Wyong Road, Berkeley Vale.  The unknown driver of the stolen vehicle fled the scene and was not located. On 17th of January 2019, information received at Crime Stoppers nominating the male POI as being the driver of the stolen motor vehicle.  This information was the only information received at Crime Stoppers nominating the POI to this incident.  On the 9th of July 2019, the POI was charged with ten offences including Manslaughter-SI.

Online Predators

Crime Stoppers and NSW Police Force join the eSafety Commissioner to keep children safer online

MEDIA RELEASE

Crime Stoppers and NSW Police Force join
the eSafety Commissioner to keep children safer
online

Issued at 1.30pm, Sunday 27th October 2019

**Editor’s Note: For further information please contact Crime Stoppers Media Officer, Cecelia Haddad, ceceliah@crimestoppersworld.com or phone 0411 264 948**

Crime Stoppers and the NSW Police Force have joined forces with the eSafety Commissioner to launch a Child Protection campaign to combat child sexual abuse and unwanted contact online.

The campaign will run as a pilot in NSW and is the first time a joint initiative between Crime Stoppers/Police and eSafety has taken place. Aimed at parents and carers, the education and awareness campaign will focus on two key crime areas: child sexual abuse material and unwanted contact online.

Child sexual abuse material is rife on the internet.

In the 2018-2019 financial year, eSafety’s Cyber Report Team finalised statutory investigations into more than 8,000 images and videos depicting child sexual abuse. Over 99 percent of these investigations were completed within two business days and notified to the Australian Federal Police or the INHOPE network.

Crime Stoppers, the NSW Police Force and eSafety are asking the community to be vigilant online. If someone suspects or sees something related to online child sexual abuse it should be reported immediately so action can be taken.

Predators are increasingly gaining access to children online through popular apps, games and social media sites to solicit sexual images or video, or harm them physically.

Research by eSafety has revealed 1 in 4 young people have been contacted by a stranger online. The joint campaign will help parents and carers understand the warning signs of unwanted contact, protect their child’s privacy online, and to report suspicious activity.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher said the campaign is an important initiative to encourage parents and carers to consider the online safety of children in their care.

“The online safety of children is a shared responsibility – everyone has a role to play in combatting predatory behaviour online, such as unwanted and harmful contact from strangers. There’s a clear obligation on companies to design, develop and deploy all their products and services with user safety in mind, but I also urge all parents and carers to educate themselves about the risks children can face when using the internet. The information available through the eSafety Commissioner, NSW Police and Crime Stoppers as part of this campaign are valuable resources to help parents and carers have much needed conversations with the children in their lives about staying safe online.”

The eSafety Commissioner, Ms Julie Inman Grant, wants everyone to be more aware of the dangers to children online, and the strategies for reducing risks and reporting suspect online behaviour.

“Child abuse and exploitation can happen online. The predator could be a stranger, online ‘friends’ your child has not met face-to-face, or someone they actually know. We are asking parents to talk to their child before a predator does and make sure that parents are armed with the right responses & strategies”, said Ms Inman Grant.

NSW Crime Stoppers CEO, Peter Price AM, said we cannot underestimate the valuable contribution the community plays in helping to stop, solve and prevent crime.

“Reporting these crimes enable authorities to shut down the illegal content and catch the offenders. We are asking parents to closely monitor their child’s online activity. If they see or suspect anything of a suspicious or uncomfortable nature, say something”, said CEO, NSW Crime Stoppers, Mr Peter Price AM.

Crime Stoppers in conjunction with eSafety have developed a series of Education Fact Sheets on its website, www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au for parents and carers to download. The Fact Sheets will provide more detailed information on reporting child sexual abuse material and prevention strategies to keep children safe online.

“With many crimes there are usually witnesses but online crimes happen in the privacy of a child’s phone or computer. We rely on parents and carers to report what they see or know. A preferred outcome is prevention, so parents please monitor your child’s online activity and educate them on how to spot the danger signs,” Price said.

“We know that a whole-of-community approach is necessary to effectively tackle criminal behaviour.”

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About the eSafety Commissioner
The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety. It helps Australians have safer experiences online through a range of prevention and education resources, as well as legislative complaints schemes to report serious cyberbullying, image-based abuse and illegal content.

DRUG SUPPLY

Information was supplied to Crime Stoppers about two males and a female supplying illicit drugs in the Newtown and Stanmore area as part of a drug distribution ring.

Information was supplied to Crime Stoppers about two males and a female supplying illicit drugs in the Newtown and Stanmore area as part of a drug distribution ring. Surry Hills Police established Strike Force Malakua and during an investigation established that one of the males had supplied a total of 313.5grams of methamphetamine for $44000. Police executed a search warrant and charged the male with five drug supply offences. The court matter is continuing.

CANNABIS CULTIVATION, 2 years in prison

Information was received by Crime Stoppers in relation to a residential premise at Strathfield being used for cannabis cultivation…

Information was received by Crime Stoppers in relation to a residential premise at Strathfield being used for cannabis cultivation.  Because of the information received, police conducted a search warrant at the address.  146 plants were located along with equipment and fertilisers used for a sophisticated hydroponic set up.  The street value of the cannabis plants seized is $292000.  The accused was charged with a number of drug related offences and sentenced at Court with a 2 year imprisonment

SEXUAL ASSAULT, 16 charges

Information was received by Crime Stoppers in relation to the historical sexual assault of six young females in the Cabramatta/Canley Vale area…

Information was received by Crime Stoppers in relation to the historical sexual assault of six young females in the Cabramatta/Canley Vale area.  Crime Stoppers nominated a person who was later arrested and charged by Fairfield city detectives.   The person has been charged with 16 sexual assault offences and is currently before the Court.

UNREGISTERED FIREARMS, 13 seized

Crime Stoppers received information that unregistered firearms were stored contrary to safe storage requirements in a wooden cupboard on a rural property in Cassilis…

Crime Stoppers received information that unregistered firearms were stored contrary to safe storage requirements in a wooden cupboard on a rural property in Cassilis.

Police attended the Cassilis property and seized 13 unregistered firearms located in a wooden cupboard. A person was charged with two firearm’s offences relating to possessing unregistered firearms and not keeping firearms safely. The matter was later heard in Court and both offences proven with Section 10A Convictions, and the firearms forfeited to the Crown.

ICE DRUG ARREST: min. 4 years imprisonment

Crime Stoppers received specific and detailed information indicating that a man was dealing…

Crime Stoppers received specific and detailed information indicating that a man was dealing large amounts of Ice. The information gave specific information indicating the mans location, vehicles and routine. The information was valuable to a Strike Force who had been investigating the man and monitoring his movement. In total over 10kg of methyl amphetamine was seized by investigators. The man was arrested and charged by police and was later sentenced to 7years 2 months imprisonment with a 4 year non parole period.

STOLEN BICYCLES: 16 bikes recovered

Information was received at Crime Stoppers referring to a male person who was storing at least 10 x bicycles…

Information was received at Crime Stoppers referring to a male person who was storing at least 10 x bicycles in a shed in Balmain. Bikes were believed to be stolen. Police attended the location where the male person was arrested for the offence of, ‘Goods in Custody’. There were 16 bikes seized at the property in total. The total property value is not known however may be in excess of $5000. The conviction was proved and the male was sentenced to a BOND Sec 9 for 12 months and a $500 fine.

Celebrating 30 years in operation

For 30 years, NSW Crime Stoppers have played a critical role in helping solve crime across the state…

For 30 years, NSW Crime Stoppers have played a critical role in helping solve crime across the state, with the assistance of the NSW Police Force and the community.

The organisation has been a global leader in the Crime Stoppers family since its inception in 1989 and has been acknowledged for the following significant milestones:

  • The first in the world to enable online reporting
  • The first in the world to enable mobile phone reporting
  • The first in the world to create a social media platform recognised as world’s best practice the last four years in a row
  • The first in the world to develop and implement a defensive cybercrime strategy through public education
  • The first in the world to have a 24/7 operational call centre
  • The first in Australia to take information on domestic violence

NSW Crime Stoppers forms part of a global network which helps solve a crime every 14 minutes around the world. The NSW organisation is contacted every six minutes, with information leading to an average of four arrests per day.

In the last 20 years, contactS to NSW Crime Stoppers has increased from 150 reports each month to almost 8000 per month, with that number likely to continue to rise.

Crime Stoppers could not continue to exist and contribute to crime solving if it weren’t for the collaborative efforts of the NSW Police Force and the community.

NSW Crime Stoppers CEO, Peter Price AM, said we cannot underestimate the valuable contribution the community plays in solving crime.

“We know from history that public support helps police intervene in criminal activity and disrupt organised gangs who are responsible for a range of crimes. We all want our children, families and friends to feel safe in our own homes and communities,” Mr Price said.

“We don’t want to know who you are, we just want to know what you know. We’re asking you to be a mate and look out for the welfare of others by reporting to Crime Stoppers.”

NSW Crime Stoppers is holding community engagement events in Sydney, Lismore, Wollongong and Dubbo to call on residents to continue to support police by providing information.

At the events, the local police and local communities will be commended for their 30 years of collaboration.

Sydney City Police Area Commander, Acting Superintendent John Maricic APM thanked the community for getting behind the work of the NSW Police Force and NSW Crime Stoppers.

“Our officers see the impact of crime on the community on a daily basis, and we want the public to continue to help us disrupt and prevent illegal activity, so we can achieve more positive outcomes,” A/Supt Maricic said.

“We know that a whole-of-community approach is necessary to effectively tackle criminal behaviour, which is why it is so important to recognise the achievements from the past 30 years.

“Never underestimate the important role you can play in helping police arrest those involved in criminal activity – your phone call could be this missing piece of the puzzle that is essential in solving a crime,” A/Supt Maricic said.

NSW Crime Stoppers is looking forward to another 30 years of partnering with NSW Police and local communities to continue making NSW a safer place to live.

Crime Stoppers thank the community

NSW Police and Crime Stoppers have thanked the community for their ongoing support…

NSW Police and Crime Stoppers have thanked the community for their ongoing support during the recent ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign.

The Commonwealth Government funded campaign was launched in January in the Tweed/Byron Police District before being rolled out in 13 other locations, to target Australia’s supply of illicit drugs including methylamphetamine (ice), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.

During each launch, police and Crime Stoppers conducted community-engagement activities to encourage members of the public to report information about prohibited drugs.

The campaign, which ran for two months, saw an 18% increase in drug-related information reports to Crime Stoppers, and of note, a 17% increase in amphetamine-related information reports.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Joe Cassar thanked the community for getting behind the campaign.

“Since the launch of ‘Dob in a Dealer’, police across the state have been working hard to educate the community on the dangers of prohibited drugs, which is why it was so positive to see the calls coming in from members of the public,” Assistant Commissioner Cassar said.

“On behalf of all police, I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to provide that information and I can assure you that we will continue to do everything we can to reduce the availability of prohibited drugs and minimise the harm it can cause.

“It is important to remember that prohibited drugs can impact on people from all socio-economic backgrounds and spans the entire geography of this state.

“That’s why it is so important that people across NSW are doing their bit to help rid our communities of illicit substances, and I urge anyone with information to continue to come forward, as every piece of information can help solve crimes and reduce drug activity,” Assistant Commissioner Cassar said.

Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price AM, said this is a great result for the people of NSW.

“The events were well received in all the locations we visited, and it seems we all share a common goal – to create safer communities for ourselves and our families,” Mr Price said.

“While we are pleased with the initial success of the campaign, we would like to continue to see an ongoing increase in the reporting of drug-related crimes.

“Drug-related offences not only costs millions of dollars in healthcare and law enforcement, but tragically and unnecessarily it costs human lives,” Mr Price said Data from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commissioner’s National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program illustrates the ongoing ‘ice’ problem across the country. In the last year, cocaine consumption in NSW has increased, almost doubling in Sydney. In addition, NSW has the highest recorded heroin usage in Australia.

The Dob in a Dealer campaign has come to an end for 2019, however NSW Police and Crime Stoppers would like to reinforce the importance of reporting information on any and all crime in the community.

If you think you have information about someone who is manufacturing or supplying drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation, or report securely online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.