Crime Stoppers launch Dob in a Dealer campaign in Bundy
CRIME Stoppers are waging a war against drugs and in a bid to keep Bundaberg streets clean, the organisation has launched a campaign that dobs in drug dealers.
In the last six months of 2015, Crime Stoppers received almost 30 ice-related reports per month.
Crime Stoppers Queensland general manager Jonathon Cowley said Crime Stoppers was now calling on local residents to report information about those manufacturing and distributing crystal methylamphetamine (ice) and other illicit drugs.
"We are aware that drugs like ice are a major concern to communities and that there is a strong link between drug related activities and crimes," he said.
"The Dob in a Dealer campaign is about what is unusual in your area. If you see a lot of people frequenting a house in your street and they only stay for five minutes, then that is probably suspicious and is worth a phone call."
"Any behaviour that seems suspicious or just not right is worth a phone call to Crime Stoppers."
Mr Cowley said the Dob in a Dealer campaign was 100% anonymous and free of charge.
"We don't trace or record phone calls and we don't track IP addresses. It is just the information that you have, that we want, that we pass on to police for further investigating," he said.
"We guarantee it is all anonymous."
Hinkler MP Keith Pitt said the nation-wide initiative was funded by the Federal Government from the proceeds of crime.
"It is a very important program because the absolute best knowledge you can have in regards to dobbing in a dealer is local knowledge," he said.
"Ice is of course a problem across the country but in particular, regional towns. It is incredibly important to me as a regional MP that we address it and attack it.
"Ice is 100 times more addictive than heroin. It is a terrible drug, it is a scourge to the people of this region and we need local support to try and knock it out now."
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman also threw his support behind the campaign, urging residents to get on board and Dob in a Dealer.
"I would encourage all of our residents to ring Crime Stoppers and give them all the information they can," he said.
"There are still dealers out there doing what they are doing, making a lot of money at the expense and the health of many of our young people."
To Dob in a Dealer, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, report securely online at www.crimestoppersqld.com or download the mobile app to report.