There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has changed the landscape for most Australian organisations, and Crime Stoppers SA has also felt the impacts of the global pandemic – with people sharing information about hoarding of goods, those ignoring self-isolation requirements, and businesses continuing to trade despite restrictions.
In fact, there was nearly an 8% increase in calls and the same percentage jump in online reports when compared to March last year – with 1,854 calls answered and 481 reports handled during the month.
So, how do the rest of the numbers for the month stack up:
- Information from 2,366 contacts in March led to 1,341 intelligence reports being generated and 1,016 actions provided to police for further investigation
- A total of 44 people were apprehended and charged with a range of offences
- 9,466 people visited the Crime Stoppers SA website, resulting in 27,469 page views
The unsolved weekly crime segments on Channel 9 asked for the public’s help to solve an unprovoked assault on three teenagers at Glanville Railway Station, a robbery at Hotel Boston in Port Lincoln and an assault by an unwanted patron at Distil Nightclub in the city.
In total, Crimes Stoppers YouTube videos were watched a total of 2,452 times in March, while their Facebook page reached an estimated 60,221 users and attracted 324 new followers.
These results demonstrate the positive role of Crime Stoppers SA in the community and Police Credit Union is proud to commit to our major sponsorship of the organisation. This much-needed funding allows the organisation to conduct a range of crime-solving, awareness and prevention campaigns in an effort to help support better communities.
If you have any information about unsolved crimes or suspicious activity, then call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au.
People can remain anonymous and rewards are often available.