The Northern Territory community is being encouraged to come forward with any information they have about illegal guns, in a new campaign from Crime Stoppers Northern Territory.
The Illegal Guns Affect Everyone campaign, launched with the support of NT Police, has been developed to give a voice to people in the community who have information about illegal firearms and want them removed before they are used in a criminal act.
In 2015, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission conservatively estimated that there are 260,000 illicit firearms on the streets of Australia. This estimate is based on a range of intelligence sources, including firearm importation figures and seizure trends over time.
Crime Stoppers NT Chair, Ms Catherine Phillips, wants all Territorians to consider how they would feel if they had information about an illegal firearm which was then used to harm or kill someone.
“Criminals often go to great lengths to obtain a firearm illegally, and it’s unlikely that they go to that effort unless they are prepared to use it,” Ms Phillips said.
“The Northern Territory is not immune from the devastating impacts that come with having illegal firearms in the hands of criminals. We have seen the tragic loss of life and severe injuries that occur when people turn a blind eye and allow illegal firearms to remain in the community,” she said.
“If you have information about an illegal firearm, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers and share what you know, and you can make a report anonymously. It’s about what you know that can make a real difference, not who you are.”
Any information about illegal firearms can be provided to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or making an online report.