Many Australians have responded well to the call from Crime Stoppers to help find some of Australia’s most elusive fugitives during Operation Roam, the joint operation between all State and Territory based Crime Stoppers and police jurisdictions.
Crime Stoppers received 200 reports from the public nationally from Operation Roam, which have resulted in Police making 6 arrests.
Crime Stoppers Australia chairman, Bryan Roach said the results so far have been remarkable.
“As at 24 August, Crime Stoppers had received 48 phone and online reports in NSW, 39 in Queensland, 33 in Victoria, 20 in WA, 18 in SA, 6 in Tasmania, 3 in NT and 1 in ACT,” said Mr Roach.
“In addition to the arrests made, investigating officers are following up on solid leads concerning the 20 wanted persons on our list. We know that many have moved interstate to evade justice, and therefore those wanted are relevant to the public in other States and Territories.”
“Any one of these suspects could be in your neighbourhood now. If you see one of these people, call triple zero immediately. If you have information on their whereabouts, you can make an anonymous call to 1800 333 000 or you can go to the crimestoppers.com.au website and make an online report, which is also anonymous. .”
The coverage of Operation Roam has prompted the public to report leads on other crimes as well.
The list of wanted persons includes fugitives suspected of serious crimes such as murder, assault, armed robbery, rape and drug trafficking as well as a range of other crimes.
Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of any of the wanted persons.
People can easily see photos and details of suspects in the Crime Stoppers website crimestopperswa.com.au/operation-roam/.
Crime Stoppers Australia Ltd is an independent, not-for-profit community organisation working in partnership with police to help any member of the public play a key role in solving crime. Crime Stoppers has become one of the best known and respected names around the nation since it was established in Australia in 1987.
Reflecting on this valuable contribution to the Australian community, contacts from the public to Crime Stoppers for the 12 months to June 2015 resulted in more than 125,000 intelligence reports prepared from almost 282,000 contacts, which led to 5,753 arrests and 16,342 charges nationally.