“Captured” on Social Media

A shoplifting incident occurred at an adult shop in Kempsey. The incident was captured on CCTV and posted on social media. As a result, 2 calls to Crime Stoppers nominated an offender, who was charged with stealing 4 adult accessories and 2 items of clothing. The matter has been finalised at court and the offender was sentenced to 5 months imprisonment.

$1.5 million cannabis seizure, NSW

A Crime Stoppers tip-off has led to police seizing cannabis with an estimated potential street value of more than $1 million in Sydney’s north-west, NSW Police say.

It was one two hydroponic cannabis houses uncovered by Rosehill Local Area Command during raids today.

Officers from the Rosehill Proactive Crime Team assisted by the South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad executed a search warrant at the first house, at Kissing Point Road, Dundas, about 8.30am yesterday. The raid was a direct result of a tip-off to Crime Stoppers.

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Charged with murder

On the 21st June, 2017 a homeless male person was found deceased in his motor vehicle in Maroubra. It was evident from the onset that male person was deceased. Eastern Beaches LAC and Homicide Detectives commenced an investigation. On 12 July 2017, two contacts were received at Crime Stoppers nominating two brothers as being responsible for the murder. On 27 July 2017, both brothers were arrested.

Five years imprisonment

A report was created in relation to a residential premises in the Pennant Hills area where the occupants were cultivating cannabis. There were no intelligence reports on this location prior to the information being provided to Crime Stoppers. As a result, police commenced surveillance on the location, two persons of interest were identified and a search warrant was executed. Police seized 299 cannabis plants. The estimated street value is believed to be $598,000. Both POIs identified were arrested and made full admissions to the offences of cultivation. They were found guilty and convicted.

National Firearms Amnesty

Australia’s first National Firearms Amnesty aimed at reducing the number of unregistered firearms in our community runs from 1 July to 30 September 2017.

During the three-month amnesty, anyone can hand in unregistered firearms or firearm-related items for registration or surrender at approved drop-off points without penalty and without fear of prosecution.

In Australia, it is illegal to have an unregistered firearm. Outside of the amnesty period, anyone caught with an unregistered firearm could face a fine of up to $280,000, 14 years in jail, and a criminal record.

It is important to remove unregistered firearms from the community because of the risks they carry – they have been proven to end up in the hands of people with criminal intent. For example, Man Haron Monis used an unregistered shotgun during the Lindt Café Siege.

Amnesty participants do not need to provide personal details if they surrender a firearm or firearm-related article for destruction – there is a no-questions-asked policy. There is also no cost involved with handing in firearms or related items for destruction.

This amnesty is as much about giving families a chance to get rid of an old heirloom as it is about getting guns off our streets.

Information about individual state and territory requirements, including how and where to surrender firearms, can be found at www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au or by calling 1800 909 826.

 

A recent successful outcome

Information was received at Crime Stoppers in relation to a warehouse in Mascot being involved in the cultivation of cannabis. Police commenced an investigation which included surveillance. As a result of the Crime Stoppers information, and further information gleaned by local police, a search warrant was applied for and granted. The interior of the warehouse was completely covered in black plastic which took up the majority of the floor space. This structure housed a sophisticated hydroponic growth setup. There were 653 cannabis plants in total. Police estimate total value to be over $2,3 million. Two persons were arrested and charged. The matter was finalised at court and they were sentenced to a total of five years imprisonment.

Another recent successful outcome

A Strike Force was established to investigate a series of armed robbery offences committed around the Little Bay area. The offences committed related to a single male offender armed with a knife. As part of a media release to assist in the identification of the offender, CCTV footage images were posted on the NSW Police Facebook page. As a result, a number of Crime Stoppers Intelligence Reports were received nominating the POI. On 24 November 2015, police arrested the POI at his residence. He participated in a recorded interview where he made partial admissions. The matter is still before the courts.

Crime Stoppers Day 2017

Monday 15 May 2017 is National Crime Stoppers Day in Australia.

Crime Stoppers programs around the country will be reminding all Australians about the vital role they play in helping to create safer local communities. In 2016 alone, over 7,000 offenders were arrested because of community contact with the Crime Stoppers program in Australia.

As part of the day, Crime Stoppers has released a new animated video to inform Australians about how they can contact Crime Stoppers; that it’s an independent community organisation working in partnership with policing and other community agencies, where you can remain completely anonymous; and that every piece of information can help to solve and prevent crime.

“We don’t need to know who you are, just what you know about criminals and their illegal activities.”

Importantly, Crime Stoppers reminds everyone that we are here to gather information about suspicious or criminal activity. If you are a victim of a crime or you need the police (urgently or not) you should contact them directly, rather than Crime Stoppers.

Your Community. Your Call.

 

Farewell to NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione

NSW Crime Stoppers CEO, Peter Price AM, with Commissioner Andrew Scipione AO APM on his last day as NSW Police Commissioner.

Mr Price said, “It has been a truly special 10 years of working together and Crime Stoppers is grateful for all the support Mr Scipione has provided over the years. ”

Mr Price added, “We look forward to working with our new Commissioner Mr Fuller and his team in our quest to keep NSW safe.”