Local drug dealers and manufacturers will have even more reason to look over their shoulder and worry about the constant threat of capture, with Crime Stoppers NT launching its Dob in a Dealer campaign in Alice Springs as part of a larger roll out across the country.
The Alice Springs campaign follows similar events in Darwin and Katherine late last year, as well as ongoing community-based activities right across Australia designed to encourage people to anonymously provide information about anyone making, growing or selling drugs.
The Darwin campaign in November 2018 saw a doubling of the number of drug reports to Crime Stoppers for the subsequent 2-week period, resulting in a number of drug seizures and arrests, as well as bolstering intelligence holdings for ongoing investigations.
Crime Stoppers NT Chair, Catherine Phillips, said the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission estimates that about 65.5 kilograms of methylamphetamine is consumed in the Northern Territory each year, as well as 19.5 kilograms of cocaine, 38.2 kilograms of MDMA and 1.1 kilograms of heroin.
“The sad reality is that every community in the Northern Territory can fall victim to those who peddle ice and other illegal drugs without any consideration as to the consequences, and we need help from people to disrupt the local manufacture and supply by reporting drug activity. Thanks must also go to Mayor Damien Ryan and the Alice Springs Council for getting behind this important campaign, because drugs impact on everyone in the community and a united effort is the only way to achieve meaningful results,” Ms Phillips said.
“We know that sometimes people don’t speak out or find it easier to turn a blind eye because they fear of reprisal, but anonymously contacting Crime Stoppers offers a solution because there is no obligation to disclose who you are,” she said.
The 2016 Dob in a Dealer campaign in the Northern Territory resulted in a 287% increase in the number of amphetamine-related Information Reports raised for police investigation, while a total of 255 drug-specific Information Reports were raised in the weeks following the launch.
“Let’s not kid ourselves about the damage that drug dealers continue to cause. Sitting back and watching drug dealers destroy the lives of the people you care about should not be an option. We need people to make a difference by contacting Crime Stoppers and sharing what they know,” Ms Phillips said.
The Dob in a Dealer campaign – funded by the Federal Government – sees posters and flyers distributed through emergency services, local councils and health services, in addition to TV, radio and press advertising.
Anyone with information about manufacturing or dealing any type of illegal drug can anonymously call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.