Far West Coast residents are being asked to help Crime Stoppers South Australia and SA Police to disrupt the manufacture and supply of drugs by reporting anything they know about drug-dealing offences happening within their local community.
The ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign is a nation-wide program funded by the federal government to stop Australia’s supply chain of illicit drugs including methylamphetamine (ice), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.
Crime Stoppers SA chairperson Sharon Hanlon said drug dealers were often hiding in plain sight within regional communities and some people found it easier to turn a blind eye rather than speak out for fear of retaliation, however she said anonymously contacting Crime Stoppers offered a solution.
“In South Australia, the last ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign which ran from February 2016 to March 2017 saw more than 240 reports made concerning drug related activity, which contributed to a number of arrests and reports and provided police with numerous strong investigative leads that saw the seizure of an array of drugs, firearms and stolen property,” she said.
“Because regional communities are close-knit, people tend to know who is selling drugs to their family, friends and colleagues – they might feel powerless when it comes to doing something about it or think it’s up to someone else, but let’s not kid ourselves about the damage that drug dealers continue to cause.
“Sitting back and watching dealers destroy the lives of the people you care about should not be an option [and] we need people to make a difference by contacting Crime Stoppers and sharing what they know.”
Ms Hanlon said the West Coast launch of the campaign included distribution of flyers across the region, advertising, and direct engagement with the community.
She said Crime Stoppers was a safe and trusted link between the community and police.
“Through ‘Dob in a Dealer’, we’re not asking you to dob in your mates,” Ms Hanlon said.
“We’re asking you to be a mate and look after the welfare of those you care most about by reporting to Crime Stoppers anything you have seen or heard that could relate to the import, manufacture or supply of any illicit drug.
“Even if someone has little more than a suspicion that still might be the piece of the puzzle that can make all the difference – so our message is for people to make the call and choose to stay anonymous.”
If you have any information about someone who is manufacturing or dealing drugs, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au.
You can remain anonymous.