Dob in a Dealer: people urged to call Crime Stoppers to report drug activity

Dob in a Dealer: people urged to call Crime Stoppers to report drug activity

CRIME Stoppers WA is asking for Perth residents to ‘Dob in a Dealer’, as it launches its annual campaign to gather intelligence about the drug trade for WA Police.

The national program runs for two weeks from August 9, and involves people reporting information about the manufacture and distribution of crystal methylamphetamine (‘ice’) and other illegal drugs.

Crime Stoppers WA Chief Executive Kim Harrison said people can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously to make a report.

“Illegal drugs like ice have a devastating impact on families,” Mr Harrison said.

“In 2014-15, a total of 2175 drug trafficking offences in the Perth Metropolitan area were reported or became known to police. In the 2015-16 financial year, police dealt with 2717 drug trafficking offences.

“Crime Stoppers is committed to working with WA Police, the media and local residents to gather anonymous information that can help to reduce drug supply and drug related crimes and help keep the community safer.”

WA Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said combating ice was crucial, given the effects of the drug.

“The use of methylamphetamine is linked with aggression and violence by some users, which is a risk to the whole community,” Assistant Commissioner Steel said.

Making a report to Crime Stoppers is fast, easy and confidential.

If you think you have information about someone in the community who is manufacturing or supplying drugs, pleaser call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation, or report online securely at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

If you or someone you know is affected by drug use or addiction, please contact support services such as Family Drug Help on 1300 660 068 or Youth Support and Advocacy Service on 1800 014 446.

Last year, there were 1082 reports to ‘Dob in a Dealer’ about drug activity in the suburbs of Armadale, Thornlie, Maddington, Gosnells and Kelmscott, 926 of them about drug dealers.

In Rockingham and Mandurah there were 967 reports.

In the Perth CBD, Northbridge and East Perth there were 872 reports made.