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New campaign to help solve crime

Crime Stoppers NT has launched a campaign engaging indigenous communities.

08.12.2022 News

A new community awareness campaign has been developed by Crime Stoppers NT to better engage indigenous and remote communities across the Territory and empower people to speak up about unsolved crime and suspicious activities without the need to say who they are or get involved.

The campaign features artwork by local indigenous artist Bettina Danganbarr, with a number of the materials translated into some of the Territory’s most common languages:
• 3 x Southern languages: Warlpiri, Anmatyerr, Arrernte
• 3 x Northern languages: Murrrinh-Patha, Burarra, Kriol

Crime Stoppers NT Chair, Ms Catherine Phillips said it was important for indigenous and non-indigenous communities to know that the trusted not-for-profit organisation is there for everyone.

“We have a rich and diverse community in the Northern Territory, and with such a large indigenous population we are excited to be able to build on our brand awareness and trust,” Ms Phillips said.

“Some people might not feel comfortable contacting police directly for a range of reasons. As an independent program, Crime Stoppers is a great alternative for people who want to do their bit to make their community safer without the pressure of giving their name, making a statement to police or going to court as a witness,” she said.

“We know that indigenous communities are impacted by illegal grog running, drug dealers, assaults, domestic violence and theft. Crimes like these don’t happen in isolation. People often know who is responsible but aren’t sure where to turn – and Crime Stoppers empowers people to speak up for a safer community without putting themselves at risk.”

“Someone might feel something isn’t right or believe there are indications that some type of criminal activity is happening – like cars or people coming and going at odd hours. It’s important they understand that hard proof is not needed, but the more details provided the better.”

Posters, flyers and social media assets have been developed in support of this initiative, funded under a grant from the Australian Government and can be downloaded from the campaign page here.

If someone has been a victim of a crime, they should make a report to police.

If someone is in a life-threatening emergency, they should ring 000 immediately.

If someone has any information about criminals or criminal activity, they can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a tip online