The police investigation into Jill Meagher’s murder is an example of how the community can have an impact on crime. The joint investigation between the public and the police in Jill’s case was unprecedented and showed what a partnership between the police and public can achieve.
Social media and the internet used as a forum for the public to assist in crime is an extremely powerful resource and should be further embraced.
The Edison Police Department in America has recently adopted an online reporting system for certain crimes with the police chief stating that with this system they “will be able to free up and reallocate police resources to better meet the needs of the community, while at the same time providing a 24-7 online system for citizens to report a crime or incident at their convenience.”
According to Charlie Bezzina, a former Victoria Police detective, “we can all work together to make Victoria a safer place to live and raise our children”.
If you have been the victim of crime contact Victims of Crime Compensation Victoria for free, prompt and professional assistance, advice and support on 1800 000 055 or complete our enquiry form at www.victimsofcrime.com.au