Crime Stoppers day highlights crackdown on ‘ice’

TODAY is National Crime Stoppers Day and NSW Police is encouraging the community to "Save the Number to Save the Day."

The focus of this year's National Crime Stoppers Day is to seek community support in combating the devastating impact of prohibited drugs, particularly methylamphetamine ('ice').

Crime Stoppers offers a way for people to report information about crime and criminal activity to the NSW Police that could help officers either prevent or solve a crime.

NSW Crime Stoppers is encouraging the community to save the Crime Stoppers number 1800 333 000 into their phones.

The use and supply of ice spans the entire geography of this state, which is why a united approach between Crime Stoppers, law enforcement and the community is needed to tackle this dangerous drug.

Operational Communication and Information Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie, said Crime Stoppers has become an integral part of policing in NSW.

"We've seen many benefits of Crime Stoppers; including reports that have helped police detect and dismantle clandestine labs used for the manufacture of illegal drugs like ice," Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.

Callers can remain anonymous when providing information to Crime Stoppers, which they can do via phone, online report, email, fax or letter.

"Since its inception, Crime Stoppers has grown exponentially, with more than 76,000 contacts to NSW Crime Stoppers during 2014," Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.

"We have a dedicated team of more than 250 trained Crime Stoppers operators who answer phone calls and take online reports from members of the public 24 hours a day.

"The team is then able to create information reports that are provided to operational police to assist them in solving crime.

"During 2014, more than 24,000 information reports were created. It could just be a titbit of information, but it might also be the key to solving a crime."

The seven signs that could indicate a drug house in your neighbourhood:

- Strange odours

- Diverted electricity

- Chemical containers and waste

- Blacked-out windows

- Hoses and pipes in strange places

- Blinds down, with extremely bright indoor lighting radiating through gaps

Vehicles arriving at odd hours

NSW Crime Stoppers CEO, Peter Price, said Crime Stoppers has not only been successful in Australia, but it's also an effective crime fighting resource across the globe.

"Globally, Crime Stoppers intelligence results in an arrest every 14 minutes, somewhere in the world, while in NSW it contributes toward an arrest every 11 hours," Mr Price said.

"In fact the number of charges laid due to Crime Stoppers has increased more than five-fold in the last 10 years, with drug-related charges accounting for 63 per cent of all Crime Stoppers-related charges."

The NSW Police Force would like to thank everyone in the community for their valued contribution to Crime Stoppers and we urge you to save the contact number in your phone.

The Crime Stoppers number can also be accessed through the Emergency + app, which can be downloaded from either Apple's App Store or Google Play.

You can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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