HOW YOU CAN HELP
You could play an important role in helping to make Western Australia a safer place by making a report on what you know or see.
It’s up to you whether you’d prefer to use our online report form or toll-free telephone hotline (1800 300 000).
What information should you provide?
- How you came across the information and how you know it to be true
- Any information about past or current criminal activity
- Any information about suspicious or unusual activities
- The personal details of those involved – such as their names, home address, work address and vehicle registrations, if you know them
- Details of the crime – date, time, place and so on
- Details of the property – for example, how many people live there, if they have guard dogs or there are firearms and other weapons present
- Details of any vehicles involved.
Callers aren’t expected to put themselves at risk to obtain these details, but all of the information provided helps the WA Police conduct their investigations.
Unfortunately, information that doesn’t contain facts – such as a person’s name, address or vehicle registration – to pass on to the police tends to be of limited use.
What happens to the information?
Information reports are written from the details provided by members of the public. The reports are added to the WA Police intelligence database and where possible are checked against other available information to ensure any incorrect or possibly spiteful details aren’t included.
Information reports contain keywords that can be brought to the attention of police officers who are investigating past crimes or new ones.
All of the information provided by the public is analysed and becomes part of the WA Police’s intelligence holdings.
For instance, in 2015 a total of 26,848 new information reports were written based on contacts by members of the public, an average of around 60 new reports every day.
This meant that around 54% of contacts made by the public to Crime Stoppers created valuable intelligence for the WA Police to use to fight crime.
It’s important to remember that the information you provide may lead to the accused person being taken into custody or having their home searched by the police.
When can you make a report?
You can fill in the online report form in this website any time, day or night. The call centre is staffed 7 days a week, 7 am to 11pm weekdays and 8am to 8pm on the weekend. If you call outside these hours you can leave a message on the answering service.
How do you know that you’re going to remain anonymous?
We value the information you provide much more than knowing your identity. That’s why we take measures to ensure your anonymity if you prefer it, whether you use the online report form within this website or telephone the call centre on 1800 333 000.
Here are the measures we take to ensure you are anonymous:
- No caller ID on the call centre telephones (i.e. no phone number shown)
- No recording of calls
- You have the choice of leaving your name or remaining anonymous.
- We don’t have access to personal data such as your name, email address or house address
- Your IP address, details of the computer you’re using or your whereabouts remain private.
Of course, you can choose to give your name and contact details. If so, the police investigating the matter may discreetly contact you for more information. Call takers will check how you prefer to be contacted.
What’s in it for you?
Above all, you join thousands of other people who have made reports to Crime Stoppers and contributed to a safer community for us all by expanding the intelligence held by WA Police and helping to get criminals off our streets.
It’s a positive partnership between Crime Stoppers, the WA Police and the community.
Aside from the personal satisfaction of knowing you’ve done the right thing, you may also be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers WA if your information leads to an arrest.