Australians turn blind eye to crime

Would you report suspicious activity?

A study by Crime Stoppers Australia has revealed as many as 20% of Australians have turned a blind eye when witnessing a crime or suspicious activity.

Crime Stoppers Australia Chair Diana Forrester said, while more than half or Australians were prepared to speak up, fears for personal safety and not wanting to get involved were the most common reasons for failing to report a crime.

“We want people to know that even the most insignificant piece of information might be all it takes for police to solve a crime, and we welcome information about every type of crime, no matter how big or small,” Ms Forrester said.

Ms Forrester said non-emergency crimes or suspicious activity could be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

“It may be an overheard conversation, odd neighbourhood comings or goings, or something that just doesn’t feel right,” she said.

“That’s the very time that people should listen to their instinct and share what they know with Crime Stoppers, without having to worry about getting further involved or going to court.”

The research also found people were most worried about becoming a victim of theft or robbery (83%), while nearly half (43%) were also concerned about the impact of drugs in their local community.

Crime Stoppers received a report from the public every two minutes, which leads to an estimated 100 arrests every week across the nation.