Australian Federal Police Ice Bust Makes History

AUSTRALIAN authorities have made the largest ever seizure of the drug ice in the nation’s history.

The record 903kg haul, valued at almost $900 million, follows a joint operation involving the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/crime/australian-federal-police-ice-bust-makes-history/news-story/46a8d8f0d2ae239bf8214d1b8d1b9884

View video: https://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-morning-show/video/watch/34918466/biggest-drug-bust-in-australian-history/?cmp=st#page1

March 9

At a meeting in Sydney today, Crime Stoppers entered into a new Crime Prevention partnership with Citiguard Security services. Citiguard provides security services for home, business and government. They have been doing this since 1966. read more about Citiguard here: http://citiguard.com.au

Mr Rob Forsyth, Chairman NSW Crime Stoppers
Mr Mark Pendergast, Managing Director, Citiguard.

Announcing a new and free National Bike Register to combat bicycle theft

Crime Stoppers Australia and Data Dot Technology (ASX: DDT) have today announced the creation of a FREE National Bike Register to combat the growing trend of bicycle theft across the country.

A huge increase in the sale of bicycles (market growth of an average of 20% per annum) and the influx of high-end bikes has led in turn to a rise in thefts.

From January to November last year, more than 5,800 bikes were reported stolen in New South Wales alone.

The A.C.T. has reported a 25 per cent hike in thefts and Victoria has seen a 10 per cent rise, at a cost of almost four million dollars.

The National Bike Register would allow owners to log information about their bicycles and bike parts into a database, developed and maintained by Data Dot Technology Ltd. At no cost to them.

Under the initiative, when a registered bicycle is stolen, the owner can report the theft to Crime Stoppers and police can access the National Bike Register for identification details.

Another huge benefit is that this will create a “Chain of Custody” for the property. In the event that someone wishes to sell his or her bike, the true and rightful owner can be verified.

“We have been working with Data Dot on this for almost 2 years now and it is finally publicly available and it’s FREE,” Crime Stoppers Australia Director, Peter Price OAM, said.

“When you consider that up to 20 per cent of bike thefts aren’t even reported to police, this will prove to be an enormously valuable resource to the community as well as the authorities,” he added.

“This collaboration with Crime Stoppers and input from operational police will surely have an impact on bike theft,” Data Dot Technology Chief Executive Officer, Temogen Hield, said, “Our view is that if people know a bike is registered then it’s far more difficult to sell if stolen.”

New South Wales Police say the register would provide bike owners with additional protection.

“We are happy to lend our support to any legitimate program that can prevent property crime,” said the Force’s Corporate Sponsor of Crime Prevention, Chief Superintendent Brad Shepherd.

For further inquiries please contact:

Peter Price OAM

Crime Stoppers Australia

0487 333 000

Crime Stoppers was born 40 years ago today!

“The creation of Crime Stoppers ranks with some of the important innovations in crime fighting. It’s as important as fingerprinting, car-to-car radios and DNA testing.” — Judge Richard Carter, Crime Stoppers USA.

Thursday, September 8th is an important date to every local crime stoppers program across the country and in the U. S. Territories. It marks the 40th anniversary of the first Crime Stoppers case to be presented in the media.

The Crime Stoppers concept started in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   Someone robbed a Phillips 66 station in a well-traveled, well-lit area of town and shot a teen during the robbery. The incident took place on a Friday night. Police were left with no clues, even after weeks of investigation. No eye witnesses were able to give useful information.

Any time there is a crime committed, someone knows what happened. Sometimes they just don’t realize every detail they know until the incident is brought to mind. There were two likely reasons why no one was stepping forward. Either people who knew something and were afraid for their own physical safety from those involved, or they didn’t care or didn’t want to get involved.

Albuquerque detective, Greg MacAleese decided there was a way to help overcome the problem of fear – if they were offered anonymity. He also added the incentive of a cash reward.

Police could not offer rewards for anonymous information, so they needed a local community board that could raise the money and pay the rewards. The Albuquerque community stepped up.

MacAleese needed a way to get his message out. He got help from the media in the form of the first Crime Stoppers reenactment of a crime. It was a detailed account of the crime and stressed the guarantee of anonymity and the cash reward of $1,000. A call received by the program resulted in the arrest of three men, within 72 hours, who had been involved in the homicide of the young college student that had occurred 4 months earlier.

Word spread quickly regarding this incident and soon there were other U.S. programs. The umbrella organization, Crime Stoppers U.S.A. was formed to provide training in best practices to members of the local non-profit boards and to the law-enforcement coordinators that work them.

Co-Founder of Crime Stoppers, retired judge, Richard Carter recently told a Law Enforcement Appreciation Night audience that the creation of Crime Stoppers ranks with some of the important innovations in crime fighting. It’s as important as fingerprinting, car-to-car radios and DNA testing. He says it’s that important and has stood the test of time.

Today, community and student Crime Stoppers programs reach around the world and are represented by the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the South/Western Pacific.

The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success with the information received which has led to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for committing felony offenses, boasting an average conviction rate of approximately 95% on cases solved by a tip to the program.

Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the Community, the Media and Law Enforcement. Each local crime stoppers program is its own 501c3 non-profit corporation, governed by a local board of directors operating under their own by-laws. Crime stoppers guarantee of anonymity is protected by statute by most states and has been tested at the Federal level all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thanks to the members of every Crime Stoppers board for the last 40 years.

Local Crime Stoppers programs are non-profit organizations led by citizens against crime. Some Crime Stoppers programs offer cash rewards of up to $1000 to persons providing anonymous information that leads to the felony arrest of criminals and fugitives. Information is received through anonymous Crime Stoppers tips that are received through a secure tips line or through a secure web connection manned by a professional program coordinator. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of ensuring anonymity.

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Crime Stoppers and Lane Security have teamed up to improve safety in the community. To help us do this we’d like to get a better understanding of how Australians prioritise home safety, particularly when leaving the house to go on holidays.

Do you know how old the lock is on your front door? Did you or your landlord change the locks when you first moved in?

Click on our link below to answer a quick five minute survey. We’ll let you know the findings in a couple of weeks’ time. Also keep an eye on this page for a chance to win a lock makeover for your home!

Please note: no personal information is being collected during this survey.

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Crime Stoppers collects information which may help Police solve a crime. Some people prefer not to become involved in a police investigation and therefore may not share what they know about a crime directly with Police. Crime Stoppers welcomes that same crime information and the person providing it does not need to give his or her name.

ICE, the scourge in our community

Police and Crime Stoppers have today launched a new, state-wide campaign, funded by the Australian Government,  aimed at mobilising members of the public in the fight against the drug “ice” (crystal methylamphetamine).

The “Dob in a Dealer” campaign will be rolled out to 21 locations across NSW over the next six months, with the first being Redfern.

The campaign will run in each location for two weeks, during which police and Crime Stoppers will conduct intensive community-engagement activities.

These will highlight the important role members of the public have to play in helping police to shut down drug-manufacturing syndicates and arrest drug suppliers.

Local residents will be urged to contact Crime Stoppers, where they can anonymously report drug-dealing activities.

Data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research illustrate the burgeoning “ice” problem.

In the 36 months to September 2015, arrests for amphetamine possession soared by 75.3 per cent across NSW (up from 5,063 in 2013 to 8,876 in 2015).

Over the same time period, arrests for dealing/trafficking amphetamines in NSW increased 34 per cent (from 1,567 in 2013 to 2,099 in 2015).

There has also been a steady increase in the number of clandestine drug laboratories detected by police in NSW. In 2008 there were 55; by last year this had jumped to 106.

The “Dob in a Dealer” campaign will target criminals who are manufacturing and supplying ‘ice’, and even one phone call to Crime Stoppers can have an enormous impact.

In September 2012, a single, anonymous call to Crime Stoppers led to State Crime Command’s Asian Crime Squad – now known as the Organised Crime Squad – seizing 585 kilos of ‘ice’ a few months later in February 2013.

Redfern Local Area Commander, Superintendent Luke Freudenstein, said ‘ice’ is of serious concern to the community, particularly in areas where it has taken hold and is seriously impacting the lives of people who live there.

“This is certainly the case in my command. I want it to stop. The residents here want it to stop,” Supt Freudenstein said.

“The message we want to share today is the community can help us stem the flow of drugs by providing anonymous information about manufacturers and suppliers.

“If you feel bad about dobbing in drug dealers, let me remind you: they don’t care about you or your family; they don’t care if people become addicted, commit crimes to feed their habit, or overdose and die; they only care about the money they can make,” Supt Freudenstein said.

Crime Stoppers NSW CEO, Peter Price, said halting the spread of ‘ice’ requires a whole-of-community response.

“Crime Stoppers is committed to working with NSW Police, community leaders, local residents and the media to gather anonymous information that can help to reduce drug supply and drug-related crimes,” Mr Price said.

“After what we hope will be a fruitful start in Redfern, we’ll be taking this campaign to another 20 communities across NSW over the next six months, and asking everyone to join us in the fight against ‘ice’.

“We want members of the public to play an active role and tell us about criminals that are bringing harmful drugs into their region.

“Making a report to Crime Stoppers is completely confidential. You will never be identified or called up for a court case, but every piece of information you provide can help solve crimes and reduce supply,” Mr Price said.

If you think you have information about someone in your community 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.
The “Dob in a Dealer” campaign is funded by the Commonwealth Government.

To confirm dates and discuss proposed media activities in each command, please contact NSW Police Media Officer Siobhan McMahon on 0428 436 419.

Caught on Cammy

December 7, 2015: A Hunters Hill (NSW) resident’s CCTV security footage was sent, via the Cammy web app, to their smart phone of an “intruder alert”, they immediately called the Police and also emailed the visual verification to Police, who dispatched 4 vehicles and within an hour the perpetrator was arrested.

The mother of five, who prefers to remain anonymous said: “ it was gut wrenching to see a strange man standing in our yard and then in our living room. He also went into the kids’ bedrooms. I called the Police (triple 000) immediately, they were extremely attentive and once I confirmed I was actually watching the whole thing unfold on my phone, they responded with haste.”

The family had all their stolen items recovered and Police also found items belonging to other local residents in his possession.

More information see: www.cammy.com

Crime Stoppers call leads police to “Hydro House”

A single call to Crime Stoppers has led police to a hydro house on the Central Coast NSW, where more than 80 cannabis plants and nearly 900 grams of cannabis leaf were located.

Underneath the house, police found a hydroponic cannabis set-up with a total of 83 mature plants. A further 899 grams of cannabis leaf was located in the home’s main bedroom and kitchen.

The potential street value of the seized cannabis is estimated to be in excess of $400,000.

A 47-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Gosford Police Station, where he was charged.

Congratulations people of NSW!

We are proud to announce that for the first time in Crime Stoppers NSW history we have reached the highest monthly figures ever.

June 2015:

Over 8000 contacts in the month.
Over 2000 online contacts in the month (included as part of the 8000)
Over 6000 calls in the month
Over 2600 IRs (Information reports passed onto local Police  Commands)

This is largely due to members of the public who trust in the system and are interested and committed to a safer NSW.

We applaud you.