Hindi, Punjabi pages added to Crime Stoppers Victoria website

By Our Reporter

Crime Stoppers Victoria website has launched its new website with a dedicated Hindi and Punjabi page.

To make the sharing of crime information easier for Victorians, the new reporting system uses simple illustrations and has been translated into ten languages including Mandarin, Hindi and Arabic.

The public shift to online services has meant that more and more people are choosing to share their crime information online. Since 2017, the number of online tips to Crime Stoppers has increased by an average of 20 per cent each year, a media release said.

The new reporting system uses conditional logic, determining future questions based on the information the person provides.

What hasn’t changed is Crime Stoppers’ focus on anonymity. As with all tips to Crime Stoppers, we don’t want to know who you are, just what you know, the release states.

Although comprehensive information is invaluable, the smallest detail can help solve a crime. Crime Stoppers Victoria’s CEO, Stella Smith says, “You don’t have to be 100 per cent sure to make a tip to Crime Stoppers. If it is enough to make you suspicious, it is enough to let us know.”

Every day brings something new at Crime Stoppers, with the public sharing information about a wide range of crimes, including high risk road users, illegal firearms, homicide and the manufacture and supply of drugs in the community. In recent years high profile crimes have also prompted Victorians to flood the Crime Stoppers call centre and website with information for investigators.

Despite the overwhelming support the program receives from the public, sharing success stories of individual cases is a challenge. “The commitment to anonymity means each tip is treated like it has the potential to divulge someone’s identity. If a criminal knew that police were tipped off with a call to Crime Stoppers, that might be enough for them to work out the identity of the caller and we cannot allow that to happen,” says Smith.

Crime Stoppers Hindi website screenshot

The new look website is still home to community safety campaigns and resources covering a range of crime prevention tips to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

The new Crime Stoppers Victoria website is also a place for the public to be amateur detectives. The website features hundreds of images of people police need help identifying.

Victorians can swipe through these images on their phones and quickly share what they know with Crime Stoppers. Every piece of information helps keep Victoria safe.

The new website was developed with funding from the Department of Justice and Community Safety. “The capability and security of this site was beyond what a not-for-profit organisation could achieve on its own, so the support of the Victorian Government has been invaluable,” says Smith.

The URL for the site is unchanged at: crimestoppersvic.com.au and Crime Stoppers Victoria still welcomes crime information over the phone on 1800 333 000.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville says, “Reporting suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers is not only a huge help to police by saving valuable time and resources, it also helps to keep the Victorian community safe.

“The information which members of the public have provided through Crime Stoppers has led Victoria Police to arrest more than 26,000 people and lay over 100,000 charges since it was established in 1987.”

Links: https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/hindi || https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/punjabi

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