Monday, 16 May 2016
National Crime Stoppers Day
Today is National Crime Stoppers Day and as Crime Stoppers NT approaches its 20th anniversary, it is now well-established as an essential conduit for the community to assist police to detect crime and apprehend those responsible. Crime Stoppers NT in 2015 received on average, 8 contacts per day (over 3000 contacts were made in 2015) from Territorians who are serious about stopping crime. These figures continue to rise as Crime Stoppers NT actively pursues marketing campaigns such as ‘Dob in a Dealer’.
While the bulk of contacts are currently related to drugs such as methamphetamine, it is worth reflecting on some of the more significant results from the past 20 years that can be directly attributed to these daily contributions from the public, such as:
- The apprehension of Bradley John Murdoch and the fact that around 2 calls per week are still being received in relation to the location of the missing body of Peter Falconio.
- The apprehension of Australia's Most Wanted Man from 1989-95, Brenden James Abbott; better known as ‘The Postcard Bandit’.
- More recently Crime Stoppers NT conducted a campaign ‘What happened to Carlie Sinclair’ within months an arrest was made in the case and her body was located.
- In October 2015 a call to Crime Stoppers NT was the breakthrough in the Wynarka suitcase murder, thus assisting Police to also crack an unsolved murder in the Belanglo State Forest. Khandalyce Kiara Pearce and her mother Karlie Pearce-Stevenson were laid to rest together in Alice Springs. Daniel Holdom has been charged with the murder and awaits trial.
Crime Stoppers NT thanks the people of the Territory for their continued support and supply of information.
With Crime Stoppers NT entering its third decade, it is an appropriate time for the organisation to revitalise its strategic plan to now encapsulate the latest advances in communication technology and social media. Crime Stoppers NT has also made significant changes to its Board of Directors, each of whom has a specific area of expertise thus providing a powerful synergy in coordinating the fight against crime.
When you contact Crime Stoppers you may be eligible for a reward and you can remain anonymous. If you see something, say something.