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Report crime confidentially at the new Crime Stoppers website

Photo- Crime Stoppers

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 8 February 2021: Sharing what you want to inform Crime Stoppers confidentially has never been so easy and quick. The public shift to online services has meant that more and more people are choosing to share their crime information online. Since 2017 the number of online tips to Crime Stoppers has increased by an average of 20% each year. The new reporting system uses conditional logic, determining future questions based on the information the person provides.

What hasn’t changed is Crime Stoppers’ focus on anonymity. As with all tips to Crime Stoppers, we don’t want to know who you are, just what you know. Although comprehensive information is invaluable, the smallest detail can help solve a crime. Crime Stoppers Victoria’s CEO, Stella Smith says, “you don’t have to be 100% sure to make a tip to Crime Stoppers. If it is enough to make you suspicious, it is enough to let us know.”

Every day brings something new at Crime Stoppers, with the public sharing information about a wide range of crimes, including high-risk road users, illegal firearms, homicide, and the manufacture and supply of drugs in the community. In recent years high profile crimes have also prompted Victorians to flood the Crime Stoppers call center and website with information for investigators.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville says, “Reporting suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers is not only a huge help to police by saving valuable time and resources, but it also helps to keep the Victorian community safe.”
“The information which members of the public have provided through Crime Stoppers has led Victoria Police to arrest more than 26,000 people and layover 100,000 charges since it was established in 1987.”

Despite the overwhelming support the program receives from the public, sharing success stories of individual cases is a challenge. Stella Smith said “the commitment to anonymity means each tip is treated like it has the potential to divulge someone’s identity. If a criminal knew that police were tipped off with a call to Crime Stoppers, that might be enough for them to work out the identity of the caller and we cannot allow that to happen.”

To make the sharing of crime information easier for Victorians, the new reporting system uses simple illustrations and has been translated into ten languages including Mandarin, Hindi and Arabic.

The new-look website is still home to community safety campaigns and resources covering a range of crime prevention tips to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

The new Crime Stoppers Victoria website is also a place for the public to be amateur detectives. The website features hundreds of images of people police need help identifying.

Victorians can swipe through these images on their phones and quickly share what they know with Crime Stoppers. Every piece of information helps keep Victoria safe.

The new website was developed with funding from the Department of Justice and Community Safety. “The capability and security of this site was beyond what a not-for-profit organization could achieve on its own, so the support of the Victorian Government has been invaluable,” said Stella Smith.

Minister for Corrections, Youth Justice, Crime Prevention and
Victims Support Natalie Hutchins says, “I encourage all Victorians to use this new service from Crime Stoppers to help improve
safety in their communities. Language should never be a barrier to reporting crime. And we know being able to report crime confidentially is important to the community, as 70 percent of people who contact Crime Stoppers choose to remain anonymous.”

Tarneit woman loses $ 8,000 in phone scam; cops release photo of alleged scamster


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 23 October 2020: In a bizarre fake phone call, a Taeneit woman lost $ 8,000 and $1,000 in iTunes cards after she was threatened with legal action for outstanding tax debt. The phone call from a person purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office on 12 June, told to withdraw cash from her account and deposit to another account.

The victim was also instructed to buy the iTunes cards and to supply the card details to a WhatsApp number. The victim complied with all of the instructions.

Investigators believe a man entered a bank in Springvale at about 4.25 pm on 12 June and withdrew all the cash from the nominated account. Further inquiries by police have established that the account had been set up fraudulently.

Police have released images of a man that they believe may be able to assist with their enquires. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au, says a Victoria Police media release.

How to report sexual crimes explained in different languages


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 24 June 2020: Victoria Police has today released updated translated resources to help culturally and linguistically diverse communities better understand how to report a sexual crime to police.

The resource is an in-depth guide that explains the process from reporting a sexual crime to police, which includes recording a statement and collecting evidence, through to the court journey.

It is available in English, Easy English, and 20 other languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Malay, Spanish, Serbian, Somali, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Inspector Marnie Johnstone from Victoria Police’s Sexual Offences and Child Abuse & Team said all victims of sexual crime should have access to important services and information, including about how to request help from police.

“We understand that reporting sexual assaults to police can be a difficult decision for some people to make, Inspector Johnstone said.

“This can be even more daunting for those in our community who may not speak English as their first language.

“Sexual assaults are an underreported crime, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds may face additional barriers in reporting this crime to police.

“Language barriers can mean people may not have access to information or feel too intimidated to get the help they might need.

“These resources help raise awareness of these crimes among our community and assist victims to understand the investigation process, their rights, and options.

“We want information about police processes to be accessible to all communities so that we can empower people to know what to expect during what can be a difficult and stressful time.

“If you, or someone you know, are concerned about something that has happened to you, we encourage you to come and speak with us. Victoria Police has dedicated detectives who are trained to listen to these complex stories.”

CLICK HERE TO access Victoria Police – Reporting sexual offenses booklet here.

Blue skies ahead for Vic Police with state-of-the-art Leonardo AW139 helicopter

Photo- @LisanevilleMP

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 23 June 2020: It’s blue skies ahead for Victoria Police, with the first of four state-of-the-art aircraft now ready and raring to provide tactical support to frontline police from above.

Following a tender and procurement process, the Victoria Police Air Wing has welcomed the first of four new aircraft to its Essendon Fields base.

The final two helicopters and a fixed-wing plane are due in the coming months and the quartet will replace the unit’s existing midrange utility choppers.

The 7 tonne Leonardo AW139 helicopters, provided by StarFlight Victoria, have advanced infrared camera and mapping systems, as well as improved object detection software to assist with marine and land-based searches.

Air Wing Inspector Craig Shepherd said the helicopters afforded greater power and longer endurance than their 4.8 tonne predecessors and could also seat three times as many people.

“We’re a support service for all other responding units across Victoria Police,” Insp Shepherd said.

“Having the extra capability and technology in our helicopters means we can deliver more police officers to jobs and provide greater support to ground units.

“It enables us to strengthen our community response as incidents are unfolding and provide increased surveillance where required.”

The fixed-wing Beechcraft Super King Air 350ER, acquired from Skytraders, will be the first plane to be used by Victoria Police for over 20 years.

While the plane boasts the same camera and mapping equipment as the helicopters, it also has the added advantage of being able to remain airborne for more than 10 hours, negating the need for refueling along the way.

“This will greatly support our response to rural and regional areas that require assistance from the Air Wing,” Insp Shepherd said.

“We can task our members to cover more areas and effectively provide better service across Victoria through an uninterrupted viewing platform.”

The Victoria Police Air Wing has been operating since the mid-1970s and responds to more than 5000 jobs a year.

It supports a range of functions including callouts for search and rescue, crime prevention and detection, ground unit direction, surveillance, and rapid deployment of specialist units including tactical police, Dog Squad units, Searches and Rescue, and Water Police.

The unit also assists across geographic areas that can’t be easily navigated on foot due to steep or mountainous terrain.

The expansion of the Victoria Police Air Wing has been funded as part of the Victorian Government’s 2017 Community Safety Statement.

New Victoria Police videos in different languages on family violence help


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 5 JUNE 2020: Victoria Police has today launched videos in additional multiple languages to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to seek help if they are experiencing family violence.

Following the successful launch of the videos in English and 12 other languages last month, the videos are now available in an additional 13 languages: Hindi, Pashto, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Serbian, Sinhalese, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Malay, Somali, Russian and Polish.

The videos are now available in a total of 26 languages, which also includes English and 12 other languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dari, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Punjabi, Macedonian, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Assistant Commissioner of Family Violence Command Dean McWhirter acknowledged the current challenging times for the community and highlighted the different ways victims could seek support.

“People may be particularly vulnerable during these times as the community stays at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but home might not always be the safest place to be,” AC McWhirter said.

“We are releasing these videos to remind everyone in our community that Victoria Police continue to help people if they feel unsafe.

“If you or a member of your family does not feel safe, there are people you can talk to and support services available to help you.

“Everyone in our community should have information about the services available to them, especially in these particularly stressful times.

“Family violence is an underreported crime, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds may face additional barriers in reporting this crime to police.

“Language barriers can mean people may not have access to information or feel too intimidated to get the help they might need.
“These videos help raise awareness that family violence is a crime, help victims understand who they can speak to for support, and let victims know that they are not alone.

“If you are concerned that a family member or friend is experiencing family violence, take the time to check in on them in any way that is safe for you, and safe for them.”

In an emergency, always call Triple Zero (000). If English is not your first language, they will connect you to an interpreter.

The videos can be accessed from the Victoria Police YouTube page.

For more information about family violence in different languages, visit the Victoria Police website.

Source- Victoria Police Media Release, 5 June, 2020.