‘Make the Call’ to halt meth rise in South Australia

CALL US: Andrew Thiele and Freddy Bartlett are urging people to 'Make the Call'.
CALL US: Andrew Thiele and Freddy Bartlett are urging people to 'Make the Call'.

Police and Crime Stoppers SA are asking people to provide any information to help arrest methamphetamine dealers and stop the rise in use across regional South Australia.

Crime Stoppers SA has launched the ‘Make the Call. Cut the Supply. Stop the Hurt’ campaign encourages people to anonymously provide information to assist police investigations.

The fourth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report was released on April 5 and showed methamphetamine consumption was on the rise in regional South Australia.

Crime Stoppers SA board member Freddy Bartlett said meth use in South Australia had tripled in the last four years, with nearly half of meth related deaths happening in rural or regional locations.

Eyre and Western Local Service Area officer in charge, Superintendent Andrew Thiele, said drugs were an ongoing issue across the region, which made it important for people to speak up.

“The use of drugs is quite prevalent in Port Lincoln and throughout the Eyre and Western LSA,” he said.

“Any information you may think is innocuous can be part of the puzzle we need to incriminate a person.

“At the end of the day it is not only a police problem, it is a police problem, a health problem and a community problem.”

People are urged to look for signs of a possible meth lab, such as improvised heating and cooling mechanisms, unusual chemical smells, little or no traffic at a property during the day but frequent traffic at night, windows blackened out or extra effort to reinforce doors and windows, or hoses and pipes coming out of windows or doors.

Mr Bartlett said it was not just street dealers who were a problem as Australia had now moved behind the Netherlands in getting drugs online.

“The campaign is really targeting street dealers and dealers through the dark net,” he said.

Anyone who spots any suspicious behaviour can anonymously call Crime Stoppers SA on 1300 333 000.