New communication system makes it easier for Tasmanians to report crime

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Crime Stoppers Tasmania and Motorola Solutions have teamed up to design an online portal that makes it easier and faster for the public to report information about crime and criminals. 

The new technology means Tasmanians can easily attach media files such as photos and video captured on smartphones, greatly increasing the level of quality of information provided anonymously to Police. 

The new system includes improved information processing within back-end systems to streamline information sharing to Police in a logical user sequence on the portal, supported by useful prompts.  

Crime Stoppers Tasmania Chair, Mr David Daniels OAM, said the portal enables his organisation and the wider community to provide greater value and support to Tasmania Police, and more broadly law enforcement. “It’s a major advance for Crime Stoppers Tasmania.” 

“Our purpose is to support policing by providing valuable information that assists investigations and makes the job easier and more effective for police officers,” Mr Daniels said. “Now, with Motorola Solutions’ technology we are taking the next step to make it even easier for the community to play their part in creating a safer Tasmania.” 

Motorola Solutions managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Con Balaskas, said providing Crime Stoppers Tasmania and the state’s emergency services with better technology is essential to building a safe, secure and prosperous Tasmania for the future. 

“Crime Stoppers Tasmania is empowering the public to report safety incidents and threats whenever they occur and our new online portal helps citizens to play a greater role in protecting their communities,” Mr. Balaskas said. 

Crime Stoppers Tasmania CEO David Higgins said the new system removed obstacles that at times prevent reporting, such as fear, apprehension, or embarrassment. “When providing information about events they see in their communities, the Tasmanian public now has a highly effective, comfortable and secure way to share what they see.” 

“As always, the public can report information without the need to leave their details. However, it is important to know that by providing your details when reporting via Crime Stoppers it gives police the opportunity to clarify points with you to assist in furthering their investigation,” he said. 

The information provided to police from the community is invaluable to fighting crime, it helps our law enforcement be intelligence driven and proactive in their response, which in turn improves the efficiency and effectiveness of our law enforcement. Every bit of information helps and the Crime Stoppers portal makes it easier to tell us. 

Crime Stoppers Tasmania receives over 6,500 reports a year, or about 18 reports a day. In recent times we have seen over 80% of reports being submitted online and with this improved portal we anticipate the number of reports will increase more. 

Anyone who has information about crime or suspicious activity is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on crimestopperstas.com.au or 1800 333 000. In an emergency contact 000. 

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