Gympie residents Crime Stoppers
A RECORD number of Crime Stoppers calls last year has shown Gympie won't tolerate ongoing crime.
Crime Stoppers Queensland has released its annual statistics for 2011 to coincide with the celebration of Crime Stoppers Day tomorrow.
Chief executive officer Trevor O'Hara said across the Gympie region a total of $25,191 worth of drugs were seized and destroyed during the year as a result of anonymous reports.
"Locally in the Gympie area, residents assisted with information that led to the arrest of 23 offenders, on charges relating to drugs, explosives, wilful damage and stolen property offences," he said.
Mr O'Hara said there were 53,421 anonymous phone calls to Crime Stoppers in Queensland and 3063 website reports, up from 49,835 and 2096 respectively in 2010.
"That's a 7% increase in telephone calls and 46% increase in website reports in one year, demonstrating how the Queensland public trust our organisation to maintain their anonymity and help solve and prevent crime," he said.
"As a direct result of this information flow through Crime Stoppers, and the subsequent investigative work of the Queensland Police Service personnel, a total of 1795 offenders were arrested on 4692 charges during 2011."
Crime Stoppers Day is an opportunity to remind all Queenslanders of the Crime Stoppers 1800333000 number and that all information providers could remain anonymous.
"Store the number 1800333000 in your phone now. You never know when you might see or hear something which you can share anonymously with Crime Stoppers and help to protect our Queensland way of life", Mr O'Hara said.
Since it began operation in 1989, Crime Stoppers Queensland has received over 615,342 phone calls and 9309 website reports (since 2007).
The information received has led to over 56,398 criminal charges laid and has helped to recover in excess of $9.9 million in stolen property. Anonymous reports have also helped to solve 21 murders and 19 attempted murders in the State over the last 22 years.
Anyone can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1 800 333 000 or going to qld.crimestoppers.com.au