Making one call can solve a crime

IT is the one phone call that could help solve a crime.

Gladstone region residents are being encouraged to come forward with information they have on unsolved crimes and ongoing criminal activity by using the 1800 333 000 Crime Stoppers number.

Renewed calls are being made about the free telephone hotline which provides callers with guaranteed anonymity when it comes to providing information about criminal activity.

Information provided is processed by the Queensland Police Service for investigation.

However, it seems fears of retaliation or becoming involved in court proceedings and police investigations is resulting in members of the community sitting on valuable sources of information.

Gladstone Area Crime Stoppers Committee chairman Len Smith said many people were still

genuinely concerned they would not remain anonymous.

Mr Smith stressed calls were not recorded or taped in any way and callers were not identified electronically through caller ID.

Furthermore, Mr Smith said people using the Crime Stoppers number could be guaranteed their information would be acted on very quickly.

“When people phone Crime Stoppers they can also apply for the rewards program at the time of calling,” Mr Smith said.

“This is still done anonymously where you will get allocated a reference number.

“If this information is found to have resulted in the successful apprehension or conviction of an offender, the caller may be eligible for a reward.”

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