New Zealanders embracing Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers has been operating in New Zealand for 28 months, and calls continue to come in from members of the public concerned about crime and safety in their community.

In those 28 months, more than 7000 calls have contained information helpful to police investigations.

“The call centre has been very busy receiving more than 21,000 calls since we started operating the service in New Zealand,” says Chief Executive of Crimestoppers New Zealand Lou Gardiner.

“To have one-third of these calls assist police is phenomenal, and I would like to personally thank callers for the high quality information we have received.”

In December 2011 alone the Crimestoppers Call Centre handled 1097 calls.

“This was a new monthly record for us. It shows Kiwis are truly embracing our service,” says Lou.

“January was another stellar month for us. We received 1085 calls and recorded the highest number of calls that contained actionable information at 352 calls.

“We’re also working with Auckland Council who have been running a promotional campaign to increase awareness of our service. It looks to be having a positive impact.

“Most of our callers are concerned with drugs in their neighbourhood, with this offence making up over 60 percent of our received calls,” says Lou. “Dishonesty offences are next, followed by information on wanted persons, traffic offences and illegal possession of weapons.”

“Because Crimestoppers is anonymous people are more comfortable providing information on crime in their community. This increases the chances of offenders being detected and caught. The community can really have an impact on getting crime down. They are a critical part of the Crimestoppers process.”

Crimestoppers is an independent organisation dedicated to providing an anonymous means for people to give information on crime. This information is provided via the 0800 555 111 line or the encrypted online message form.