Did you know that Crime Stoppers originated in 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the United States?
It all started when Detective Greg MacAleese had no leads to help him solve a brutal hold up and murder of a petrol station attendant. He decided to produce and broadcast a video re-enactment of the crime, guaranteeing anonymity and a reward for anyone from the local community who called with information.
Within a few hours of the re-enactment airing on a local television station, he received a phone tip from a person whose memory of a vehicle driving away was triggered by the video image. Within 72 hours the police arrested two men for the murder and several armed robberies.
The concept took off from there and has become so successful that today Crime Stoppers is a well-recognised and respected name around the world, now operating in 30 countries internationally, including Australia where each State and Territory has their own Crime Stoppers organisation.
Crime Stoppers in WA
Crime Stoppers Life Member Geoff Wilkinson travelled overseas to investigate community-based crime prevention programs and brought the concept of Crime Stoppers to Australia while working for Victoria Police. WA Police Commissioner Bob Falconer brought the idea to Perth when he was recruited from Victoria and officially launched Crime Stoppers WA on 27 March 1995 after a month of trials.
The trial introduction confirmed strong public support, with 344 calls received that led to the recovery of $55,000 worth of goods. As a result, 18 people were arrested and 12 members of the public received rewards of up to $1,000 each for reporting crime.
SInce 1995 Crime Stoppers has proven to be a great success in Western Australia, having received more than 691,000 calls and online reports with more than 56,500 arrest outcomes.
We’ve come a long way from our small beginnings with a handful of call-takers to a fully equipped contact centre that processes all calls and online reports.
As a result, Crime Stoppers has grown to become a significant contributor to crime reduction, with around 50% of police intelligence coming from reports that the public has made to us.
Here’s to many more decades of community assistance to help police prevent, disrupt and solve crime.
Working together for a safer WA
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.
Working Together by DuShong
The artwork titled ‘Working Together’ represents the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia working together in harmony to rejuvenate the land by controlled fires.
In this artwork it also represents our community today working together to keep our neighbourhood safe from crime.