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    Crimebusters shun rewards
    Tasmanian Murcury
    By GEORGIA WARNER By GEORGIA WARNER
    04jul01

    COMMUNITY mindedness has left Tasmania's Crime Stoppers organisation with a huge pool of unpaid reward money.

    Fewer than 100 rewards have been paid to people whose information has led to the arrest of lawbreakers since Crime Stoppers started in Tasmania in 1994.
    That is despite Crime Stoppers receiving 12,583 tip-offs over the same period of time, resulting in 585 arrests and 850 people being charged.
    Stolen property worth $500,000 has also been recovered, about $1 million in vandalism has been prevented and drugs worth $1.7 million have been seized.
    Crime Stoppers chairman Brian Aherne said the independent and anonymous crime prevention program was reward-based.
    He said anyone who provided tip-offs that resulted in an offender being charged could apply for a payment, usually between $100 and $500.
    But Mr Aherne said Tasmanians were too community minded to come forward.
    "It is the community spirit," he said.
    "People do not seek to claim a reward."
    That spirit was exemplified when Crime Stoppers posted a reward of up to $10,000 for information about a spate of fires that were deliberately lit around Clarendon Vale on a total fire ban day in February.
    "Some people came forward with information about some children lighting fires," Mr Aherne said.
    "Police followed that information up and a couple of youngsters were charged.
    "But nobody has come forward to claim a reward."
    Mr Aherne said it was not too late for the crime-solving public to approach Crime Stoppers for their rewards, even if their information was provided years ago.
    They need only contact the toll-free number on 1800005555 and quote the code number they were given when they provided their tip-off.
    Code numbers are used in place of names and contact details, ensuring anonymity for anyone who phones the service.
    Mr Aherne said Crime Stoppers was "well endowed" with money at the moment.
    This was not only because the organisation had paid out just 95 rewards since 1994, 18 of them this year.
    Mr Aherne said Crime Stoppers enjoyed generous support from its major sponsor Chickenfeed and other community minded organisations.
    The pool of money will not go to waste.
    Mr Aherne said as well as meeting administrative costs, sponsorship allowed Crime Stoppers to undertake important new crime prevention projects, and some initiatives were in the pipeline this year.
    "We are looking at producing an education kit ... and website ... for high school students to show them what a life of crime is like, and also about what Crime Stoppers does," he said.
    Anyone who has information about a crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800005555.


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    We are the Police! Resistance is Futile!
    "Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." Sir James Dewar 1842-1923

  • #2
    Most of those good people felt SOOOO guilty for turning in their moms,dads, brothers,sisters and friends for those ILLEGAL weapons that they had stashed and refused to give up, that they simply got sick when they realized they were being used by the government and upon realizing the error of their ways, they refused to collect the "reward" offered to them for being good little servants of the government...

    hahahahaha......
    "blood" money...
    "The American People will never knowingly adopt Socialism. Under the name of "liberalism" they will adopt every segment of the socialist program,until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened."

    Norman Thomas

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    • #3
      Most of the Crimestoppers tips eligible for rewards in my area go uncollected.

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      Niteshift-
      Where am I to go now that I've gone too far.

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      • #4
        Same here. Most folks don't collect.
        -Sparky

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        • #5
          Our community gets the citizens involved by manning the Community Police Centres to take police reports on thefts, break and enters in Residence and commercial. We can access the police data base to get a report number and file on the main computer for police force. Also, we provide Home Security Checks for the community about making their homes better to deal with house breakins on the rise. All the members are trained in report taking and how to handle each situation professionally..there is always a police officer on duty to assist with any questions to answer if we are not sure..We get alot of walkins and provide answers to their concerns about crime and attend meetings with the city this is all on a volunteer basis about 4 hours a week required..

          Also, we have Auxiliary police members trained for all aspects of police duties such as firearms, and how to properly use their equipment as well as how to drive and use the equipment in the police vehicles..there is 6 months training plus you go thru testing of interviews and written apptitudes to see the suitability to being on the police force..you get renumerated for your travel time..You are required 25 hours a month, but some do nearly 60 to 70 hours a month depending on the events going on..the volunteers for the police force get trained on the motorcyle unit, mounted unit, bicycles and other units to learn and be a part of the force.
          Alot of the officers go to be with the parent force when they feel that they would like to extend their career as a fulltime officer...this is in most Canadian cities some forces allow auxiliaries to carry firearms prereq of course in training..
          Charlene

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Watchman:
            Most of those good people felt SOOOO guilty for turning in their moms,dads, brothers,sisters and friends for those ILLEGAL weapons that they had stashed and refused to give up, that they simply got sick when they realized they were being used by the government and upon realizing the error of their ways, they refused to collect the "reward" offered to them for being good little servants of the government...

            hahahahaha......
            "blood" money...

            Watchman, you REALLY need to seek some help.

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            • #7
              Nite,Charlene & Sparky,
              It only goes to show that the average person does not only think of themselves.

              Uspublisher,
              I think Watchman was trying to be funny. Didn't succeed, though.



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              We are the Police! Resistance is Futile!
              "Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." Sir James Dewar 1842-1923

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