SOMETIMES, an anonymous tip-off is all it takes to solve a crime but getting people to speak up when they see or know something can be a challenge.
The Derwent Tavern is helping Crime Stoppers Tasmania tackle this dilemma by rolling out posters, coasters, and table talkers to encourage their patrons to make an anonymous report when they see something suspicious in their community.
Derwent Tavern Hotel manager Ray Lawless said the messaging has already become a talking point among staff and visitors to the venue.
“The Derwent Tavern is a meeting place for the community and provides the perfect platform to share the important Crime Stoppers message with the public,” Mr Lawless said.
Crime Stoppers CEO Jane Crosswell said safer communities benefit everyone, and as a key social hub, the Waterfront Hotel is an essential and effective setting to help share this message.
“Crimes can be solved with the assistance of the community and having this support from the Waterfront Hotel will go a long way in making sure the community knows when and where to report criminal activity,” Ms Crosswell said.
“No one knows a community better than the people who live and work there, and it’s essential to have a simple and accessible way to report activity that doesn’t seem right.
“Something as simple as a report on the colour or brand of clothing someone is wearing can be the very thing that helps solve the crime and ultimately keep Tasmanian communities safe. You can make a report anonymously, and we encourage people if they see something unusual to speak up but stay secret.”