David Stuart

30,000th offender caught in Bundaberg

A POLICE milestone was marked in Bundaberg this week when Crime Stoppers arrested its 30,000th offender in Queensland.

In the past 26 years, 787,000 calls have been made to Crime Stoppers in Queensland, leading to 30,000 arrests.

The milestone arrest was made in Bundaberg when a person was charged with drug offences, possession of stolen property and possessing illegal ammunition.

Crime Stoppers could not provide any further information about this arrest.

About 42,000 tip-offs from Queensland residents were made to Crime Stoppers this year, which led police to arrest almost 2000 people and lay 5300 charges across the state.

The tip-offs also helped police seize about $8.6 million of drugs and recover $168,000 of property.

Crime Stoppers Queensland chief executive officer Trevor O'Hara said Queenslanders' efforts to report suspicious or criminal behaviour led to this success.

"Based on the information received since 1989, the number of arrests have continued to climb and by a rapid pace over recent months by the thousands," he said.

Data collected from calls to Crime Stoppers during the past 25 years showed calls from the public led to 25 murder charges, 900 sexual offences charges, 400 trafficking drugs charges, 140 arson charges and 1700 fraud charges.

This year calls to Crime Stoppers have also led to 32 charges relating to employees stealing from their workplace, five child porn charges, 250 supplying drugs offences and 43 assault or obstruct police charges.

Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

- APN NEWSDESK



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