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17 September, 2021

Coffee van to fight crime

CAIRNS Crime Stoppers volunteers will hit the road in their very own coffee van to raise community awareness of the anonymous reporting service.

The volunteers will spread the word about the program that assists local police in solving crimes and making Cairns streets safer in exchange for a free coffee.

Sponsored by multiple businesses, community organisations and government agencies, the launch of the brand new Mitsubishi Triton comes as new figures reveal the latest results achieved by Crime Stoppers in Cairns, including arrests and charges.

In the first half of 2021, Crime Stoppers has assisted Far Northern Queensland police to make 24 arrests and lay 339 charges and seize $33,200 in proceeds of crime.

The data released is a positive reminder to residents of the value in sharing what they know without having to identify who they are.

Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO Carmen Jenkinson said the new vehicle was an excellent example of the organisation’s commitment to educating the community about helping to  reduce crime and keep people safe.

“Unveiling our new Crime Stoppers vehicle today is a step forward in our efforts encourage more crime reporting to solve and prevent serious crimes from occurring in and around Cairns,” she said.

“Stop by, enjoy a hot cup of barista coffee and find out how easy it is to report suspicious activity while remaining anonymous.

Crime Stoppers research shows that one in four Queenslanders with information about illegal activity report it to Crime Stoppers because they have the option to remain anonymous.

As a community organisation and registered charity, Crime Stoppers Queensland relies on corporate partnerships, government funding and community donations.

The Cairns Crime Stoppers Committee welcomes new volunteers who are eager to have an impact on reducing crime in their city. You can register your interest via the Crime Stoppers Queensland website.

Across Australia, someone contacts Crime Stoppers every two minutes to share information that is then passed to police, which leads to an average of 100 arrests per week for a range of crimes.

In an emergency, call 000. If you’re reporting a crime committed against you, call 131 444. For all other reports of crime and suspicious activity, contact Crime Stoppers Queensland on 1800 333 000 or and remain anonymous.

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