NSW Police Force launch new rural, regional crime campaign

NEW CRIME CAMPAIGN: Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, state rural crime coordinator Cameron Whiteside and Crime Stoppers CEO Peter Price at the announcement at AgQuip. Photo: Vanessa Hohnke
NEW CRIME CAMPAIGN: Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, state rural crime coordinator Cameron Whiteside and Crime Stoppers CEO Peter Price at the announcement at AgQuip. Photo: Vanessa Hohnke

Rural and regional crime is the focus of a new campaign by Crime Stoppers and the NSW Police Force.

It was launched at AgQuip on Tuesday morning.

Four main areas of concern will be targeted - illegal hunting, stock theft, trespassing and firearm theft.

The campaign will provide information on how regional communities can deter or prevent crime in their area, as well as encouraging them to report crimes - see something, suspect something, say something.

Detective Inspector and state rural crime coordinator Cameron Whiteside urged locals to report rural crime in order for arrests to be made.

"We want to put these people before the court so they have the ability to be sentenced for their crime," Detective Inspector Whiteside said.

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"At the moment there's far too many people getting away with it and we need every little piece of information to help us solve it."

Crime Stoppers chief executive officer Peter Price AM stressed that all calls to Crime Stoppers were completely anonymous.

"We are not interested in who you are, we're only interested in what you know or what you might suspect," Mr Price said.

"Once we get that information it goes to our analysts and from there it goes to police to investigate."

This is the first time that Crime Stoppers and NSW Police have collaborated on a dedicated campaign to address rural crime.

To report a crime, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report securely on the Crime Stoppers website.