THE work of Crime Stoppers was recognised during Tasmanian Crime Stoppers Week starting from 31 May, with there being a strong focus on illicit drugs, their entry points into the community, and the role Tasmanians could play in fighting this serious crime.
Crime Stoppers Week is designed to raise awareness about what everyone in the state can do to combat criminal activity.
Crime Stoppers Tasmania is central to this effort because intelligence provided by the community through Crime Stoppers is a powerful weapon for the police.
“No one wants to see drugs in our communities,” Crime Stoppers Tasmania chair David Daniels OAM said.
“Being an island state has made it easier for Tasmania to keep COVID at bay.
“Let’s do the same to keep drugs out of Tasmania and catch those who engage in this ugly trade.
“Our police do a wonderful job in crime fighting, but in solving crime, police face hurdles that Crime Stoppers is designed to counter.
“We are a conduit between Tasmania Police and the community, while maintaining the anonymity of those who provide information.”
While supply chains have been disrupted, drug trafficking within Tasmania has remained a significant issue.
Mr Daniels said supply and gateways of illicit drugs were key targets of this year’s community-led Crime Stoppers campaign, which focused on gathering local intelligence and engaging with Tasmanians for a safer Tasmania.
“Everyday Tasmanians can assist in combatting drug related and other crimes by telling us what they know anonymously,” he said.
“Drug dealers are often hiding in plain sight in our communities and can be masters of blending in.
“People often feel powerless to act or think someone else will do something.
“In the meantime, drugs are harming our loved ones and cause other crimes.
“Thanks to Tasmanians who have used Crime Stoppers to support our police in deterring and solving crime, we have seen a marked increase in anonymous reports from the wider community.
“In the past three years, there has been a 27 per cent increase in reports, with an 18 per cent increase in reports specifically about drug related activity.”
Mr Daniels encouraged the Tasmanian community to speak up, but stay secret by anonymously reporting criminal activity through the Crime Stoppers Tasmania website at https://www.crimestopperstas.com.au/support-us/report-a-crime/ or by phoning Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.