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Queenslanders Show Increasing Trust in Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers Queensland statistics for the 2019-20 year show increasing trust in the anonymous crime reporting service with a dramatic increase in the average number of reports provided.

11.08.2020 NewsResults
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Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO, Carmen Jenkinson, says the results have increased in part because of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The three-monthly average volume of reports to Crime Stoppers has increased by 63% in the April to June 2020 quarter compared with the same quarter last year.

“During April we received almost double the typical volume of reports to Crime Stoppers. While many Queenslanders were working from home it seems we were all more conscious of the activity in our local areas and we’ve been responsibly sharing information to help keep our communities safe,” Ms Jenkinson said.

“While the volume of reports has increased, the number of arrests and charges has decreased, which mirrors the reducing rates of crime across Queensland while people are spending more time at home,” said Ms Jenkinson.

Queensland Police have made 1,701 arrests and laid 6,534 charges as a result of information provided to Crime Stoppers Queensland in the 2019-20 year.

Crime Stoppers Queensland has received an average of 5,700 reports from July 2019 to June 2020 from both the telephone hotline and the online information form.

Drug crime is consistently the most reported crime type shared with Crime Stoppers Queensland, averaging 64% of all reports over the year, followed by theft (8.6%) and offences against a person (7.3%).

Ms Jenkinson has encouraged Queenslanders to continue to share information with Crime Stoppers as the economic impacts of the pandemic are being felt across the community.

“Sharing information about crime or suspicious activity will help to keep our communities safe, so tell Crime Stoppers what you know, you don’t have to tell us who you are,” Ms Jenkinson said.

You can anonymously share information on crime and suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers by phoning 1800 333 000 or report online at www.CrimeStoppersQld.com.au.

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