Happy New Year everyone!
Our good news is that on 14 December 2022 Crime Stoppers launched their new online portal for members of the public to report information about crime and criminals. As always, reports to Crime Stoppers guarantee the confidentiality of the person reporting. However, the benefit of this new portal is that media files, such as videos or photos captured on smartphones can now be easily attached to a Crime Stoppers report to go to the police.
The Crime Stoppers phone number of 1800 333 000 remains unchanged. The online portal is accessed through the Crime Stoppers link whenever you want to provide information (a tip) at – https://crimestoppers.com.au/.
Whenever you make a Crime Stoppers tip you are asked; What prompted you to make this tip? “Neighbourhood Watch” is now an option that can be ticked.
WELCOME COMMISSIONER ADAMS
On 25 November, as the new Commissioner for Tasmania Police, Donna Adams introduced the Honourable Felix Ellis MP, as the Reviewing Officer for the graduation of new officers at the Police Academy. When referring to her vision, the Commissioner placed significant emphasis on her intention to work closely with the community to identify and address local issues of concern, and enhance relationships with the community by going back to basic principles of policing.
Neighbourhood Watch is an established volunteer network that welcomes the opportunity to provide community input and support to Tasmania Police in keeping Tasmanians safe.
Nationally, seven out of every ten cars stolen are with their keys. A recent quote from Detective Inspector Tony Fox confirms the same risk exists in our state:
“We’re seeing a trend of cars being stolen after keys have been taken from residences, either because they’ve been visible through a window and a criminal has broken in, or sometimes simply walked through the front door!”
If they don’t steal your car, the contents are always attractive, and the following advice has been broadcast:
- Avoid parking on the street for long periods of time, especially overnight
- Remove all valuable items from your car
- Secure vehicles with an alarm, steering lock or immobiliser if possible
- Always keep car doors and windows locked
- Take tools inside overnight, even if the vehicle has a lockable canopy or toolbox
- Park in a well-lit area if parking on the street overnight
- Ensure car keys are kept out of sight.
The advice is repetitive – but taking these precautions reduces your risk of becoming a victim!
DECEMBER CRIME REPORT
This is now available at: nnnw.org.au/crime-reports/
Criminals have been busy again over December, breaking into several sheds and stealing tools, and even re-using stolen number plates on another vehicle. Mindless acts of vandalism also occurred such as the smashing of a vehicle’s windows, and the cutting of fibre optic cable – for no reason whatsoever. Please remain aware of your environment and report any suspicious behaviour to Police.
In an emergency or when a crime is taking place, call 000. If a crime has already happened, call 131 444. For anonymous reporting call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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