New system unveiled to catch enviro crooks

A new online system has been announced for anonymous reports on environmental crime. Picture: iStock
A new online system has been announced for anonymous reports on environmental crime. Picture: iStock

COMMUNITY members can anonymously report suspicious activities through the new online reporting system to catch environmental crooks.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Crime Stoppers WA have partnered up for a better reporting of environmental crime.

The alliance will help the DWER clamp down on illegal operators including polluters, illegal dumpers and people who disregard water and waste management regulations.

Reports through Crime Stoppers WA can be anonymous and information won’t be intercepted by unauthorised people due to the state-of-the-art encryption.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said even small pieces of information could be significant.

“We particularly want people close to industry, including those who illegally dispose of waste, to feel safe to make contact directly or anonymously through Crime Stoppers WA,” he said.

The online reporting system complements DWER’s 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline which received more than 3000 reports last year about waste, emissions and discharges.

Make a report here or call the hotline on 1300 784 782.

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