Crime Stoppers stats reveal power of the people

Community crime fighting organisation Crime Stoppers Victoria has recorded the highest arrest rates in its 28-year history.

Thanks to confidential information received from members of the community, a record-breaking 1455 arrests were made between July 2014 and July this year across the state.

This figure is up by 175 arrests from the previous year.

Public information received throughout the year has helped solve one murder investigation, 21 sexual assaults, 28 armed robberies, 42 serious assaults, six robberies, eight clandestine drug laboratories, 117 hydroponic grow houses and three arson offences.

“We know that even the smallest piece of information can help locate wanted persons and solve crimes, and we urge the public to continue to be our eyes and ears and report any information they may have about crime or anything suspicious they might see happening in their neighbourhoods,” Crime Stoppers Victoria chief executive Samantha Hunter said.

A report to Crime Stoppers is confidential, and can be made by phoning 1800 333 000, visiting or downloading the organisation’s free smart phone application.