In recent months thieves have stolen credit cards, jewellery, GPS systems, clothing and games in Ballarat.
Thanks to readers of The Courier – those crimes have now been solved.
Police say 80 per cent of the offenders who have appeared in the regular Ballarat Crime Stoppers column have been identified by members of the public.
Ballarat Police Inspector Bruce Thomas said the Crime Stoppers column was proving a huge success.
“I’m very happy with the partnership between Crime Stoppers, The Courier and Ballarat Police,” he said.
“We’re running at about 80 per cent success rate, so we’re certainly happy with that result.”
Inspector Thomas said the fortnightly column had allowed police to identify offenders who were previously unknown to police.
“I think the best case study was after we ran the first column, one of the kids involved (in a theft) texted another suspect, telling him his picture was in The Courier,” he said.
“Then the suspect’s mother saw it, made him get dressed and marched him into the police station.”
Offenders are snapped by the Ballarat “City Safe” street cameras and also internal CCTV footage from businesses.
“If you don’t commit a crime, you’ve got nothing to worry about,” Inspector Thomas said.
The Courier editor Andrew Eales said community safety continued to be a major issue for residents and visitors to Ballarat
“The Courier is pleased to be partnering Victoria Police through Crime Stoppers to assist in this area,” Mr Eales said.
“The feedback from our readers has been very positive and has assisted in solving many cases.”
The Courier Editor Andrew Eales and Acting Superintendent Bruce Thomas discuss the Crimestoppers column.
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