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Fighting back against crime

Fighting back against crime

Manukau City Council is encouraging residents and business people to make greater use of the 0800 555 111 Crimestoppers line.

Crimestoppers has the potential to make a significant impact on crime reporting and resolution in Manukau. Through funding from the Ministry of Justice, over the next two months the council will be helping to increase awareness of the service across the city.

Crimestoppers is an independent organisation dedicated to providing an anonymous way for people to report information about crime, drugs or anti-social behaviour. The information received is passed to the police for resolution but the identity of the complainant remains anonymous.

Through Crimestoppers everyone has an opportunity to play their part while not compromising their own privacy or safety. This is an opportunity which gives the police many more eyes and ears to help them with their job.

Manukau hosted the national launch last October and Crimestoppers Chief Executive Lou Gardiner is pleased that the council is continuing its strong support of its work.

"Manukau’s call rates are twice those of the national average, however we feel that there is still much under-reporting of crime in a number of areas across the city. So we are encouraged that with the council’s support those numbers will significantly increase.”

In the first eight months of operation Crimestoppers has received 4800 calls Of these, 1900 provided enough information for police to take some action.

To provide any information on crime, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or submitting an encrypted online form at www.crimestoppers-nz.org.

Crimestoppers is not a replacement for 111 because it's not an emergency service. Also, if people have information about a crime and are happy to give their name and address they should contact the police directly.

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