Crime Stoppers Queensland has launched into 2010 celebrating 20 years of charity work and the arrest of 18,664 offenders resulting from anonymous information reports provided by the Queensland public.
Crime Stoppers Queensland has continued to cement its place as a leading charity in Queensland, achieving a 6.1% increase in contact with its call centre during 2009.
Chief Executive Officer Mr Trevor O'Hara said "During 2009, Crime Stoppers Queensland received 41,798 anonymous phone calls and website reports up from 39,393 in 2008. Those anonymous pieces of information last year alone resulted in 1,884 arrests up from 1,633 in 2008. That's a successful 15% increase in arrests in one year."
Another amazing result for the charity was the increase in illegal drugs seized as a direct result of anonymous information provided through its call centre. "In 2009 approximately $10.3 million in illegal drugs were seized after Police investigations into the information passed on by our program" Trevor O'Hara said. That's a 63% increase in seizures up from $6.3 million in 2008.
Crime Stoppers Queensland has released these figures to coincide with Crime Stoppers Day being celebrated on Friday 12 February 2010.
Crime Stoppers Queensland is calling for community minded citizens to join its volunteer ranks and assist with its mission of creating safer communities.
CEO Trevor O'Hara said "Crime Stoppers is one of the most important resources we have in this State when it comes to creating safer communities. However, most people don't understand how our program really operates and may not even know that we have 400 volunteers spread throughout Queensland."
"The success of our Queensland program is directly attributable to the passion and dedication that our volunteers deliver in their local communities, for our program" he said.
Chairman of Directors Mr Ken Martin said "By becoming a volunteer with Crime Stoppers, members work to assist with promoting access to the program and fundraising to keep our charity services and cash rewards program operating on a daily basis."
"Volunteers contribute to the programs quick, convenient and anonymous crime fighting service. Every single contact with our Crime Stoppers program can help to reduce criminal activity in Queensland, and that is why we are calling on more Queenslanders to call 1800 333 000 to join our program and assist with maintaining our Queensland lifestyle", Mr Martin said.
Since it began operation in 1989, Crime Stoppers Queensland has received over 515,381 phone calls and website reports. The information received has led to over 49,087 criminal charges laid and has helped to recover in excess of $9.2 million in stolen property.
Anonymous reports have also helped to solve 19 murders and 18 attempted murders in the State over the last 20 years.
"Our organisation's success is also attributable to the men and women of the Queensland Police Service who investigate the anonymous reports provided through Crime Stoppers Queensland and we are very appreciative of their support in this community partnership," Mr Martin said.
Volunteer or Anonymously Report Criminal Information Now - Call 1 800 333 000.
Crime Stoppers Queensland relies on the support of corporate partners and community donations and is proud to have the Brisbane Airport Corporation as a Major Partner.
Editorial Photos of 20 Year Celebrations available online via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/crimestoppersqld/
Crime Stoppers Queensland Limited - A Registered Queensland Charity
Crime Stoppers is a charitable not-for-profit community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service and the community of Queensland.
Crime Stoppers Queensland was incorporated in 1989, and is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are business leaders and owners from within the Queensland community. Crime Stoppers Queensland is a member of Crime Stoppers Australia and Crime Stoppers International and are previous recipients of International awards for productivity and specialised training programs delivered.
Crime Stoppers has over 400 volunteers who serve on 27 local Area Committees throughout Queensland in the following locations: Biloela, Brisbane City & North, Brisbane Metro South, Brisbane West, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Caboolture, Cairns, Dalby, Darling Downs & South West, Emerald, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan Beaudesert, Mackay, Mount Isa, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Tara, Townsville and Warwick.
The primary role of Area Committees is to:
Promote the Crime Stoppers program, the 1800 333 000 free-call number and the website in their local area, and Raise funds for the payment of the cash rewards paid to anonymous information providers.
Volunteers on Area Committees organise social activities (golf days, bowls days, horse race days, etc) in order to engage the people of Queensland and raise money for the promotion of the program and payment of the rewards.
Crime Stoppers Queensland values its volunteers and acknowledges the time and effort each individual gives to making Queensland a safer place to live.
Crime Stoppers Queensland showcased its award winning program through its hosting of the 30th Crime Stoppers International Training Conference during 2009.