Every 14 minutes, a crime is solved somewhere in the world as a direct result of information shared with Crime Stoppers.
Our unique global network provides reporting platforms for anyone, anywhere to tell us what they know or suspect about transnational crime and criminal activity, confidently and anonymously.
We are not the Police. IP addresses are never recorded, and information shared is reviewed to ensure a tipster’s identity is never exposed before details are passed to law enforcement or other investigators.
Crime Stoppers is indispensable in the fight against crime. Information shared with us is unlikely to be reported to Police and would otherwise be lost.
Crime Stoppers International especially focuses on encouraging communities to share information about transnational crime and criminal activity linked to the following:
Cybercrime has surpassed illegal drug trafficking as a criminal money-maker.
Cybercrime continues to grow at an incredibly fast pace with new trends constantly emerging as criminal networks capitalise on the speed, convenience and anonymity of the internet.
Many ‘cyber-enabled’ crimes are not necessarily new – such as theft, fraud, illegal gambling, the sale of fake medicines – but they have taken on a new online dimension. And, while no industry is untouched by the growing cost of cybercrime, banking is the most affected and life sciences companies and the travel industry find themselves being increasingly targeted – most likely due to an increase in sensitive and valuable data being shared online, such as clinical trial details and credit card information.
Despite an increased focus on cybersecurity, cybercrime will remain a large-scale corporate concern for the foreseeable future. The World Economic Forum estimates that between 2019–2023, approximately US$5.2 trillion in global value will be at risk from cyberattacks.[i]
At the same time, Europol reports cybercrime is becoming more aggressive and confrontational across high-tech crimes, data breaches and sexual extortion.[ii] Online crimes causing serious harm and posing very real physical threats to victims worldwide, particularly children, is a constantly evolving phenomenon, with Europol identifying the distribution of child sexual exploitation material and the live-streaming of child sexual abuse as a key threats.
The world’s flora and fauna are at enormous risk.
For criminals, the theft of nature represents huge profits along the entire supply chain, from poaching and transportation to processing and selling. This includes illegal trade in wild flora, fauna and marine life, loss of forests (eg illegal logging and trade in timber), smuggling of ozone-depleting substances and illicit trade of hazardous waste.
The attraction of vast financial gains against low risk of detection and scarce conviction rates has seen criminal networks and organised crime groups exploit illicit transnational trafficking of wild fauna and flora, supplying consumption that is often thousands of kilometres from the source.
Critically, the same routes used to smuggle wildlife across countries and continents are often used to traffic weapons, drugs and people. Likewise, the level of organisation associated with environmental and wildlife crime indicates strong links with theft, document fraud and corruption and often occurs hand in hand with counterfeiting, money laundering and even murder.
The World Bank reports illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trade have an estimated value of US$1 trillion or more per year. At the same time, governments in source countries forego an estimated US$7-12 billion each year in potential fiscal revenues that aren’t collected due to illegal logging, fishing, and, in some instances, wildlife trade.[i]
International fugitives pose a serious threat to public safety worldwide.
Often travelling between countries, sometimes using stolen or fraudulent travel documents, fugitives on the run are also opportunistic and tend to finance their ongoing flight or new lifestyle through further criminal activities. Locating these fugitives requires a high level of cooperation between governments, police authorities and international organisations.
One of the most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives is an INTERPOL Red Notice, which is circulated to police in 194 countries and seeks the provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to extradition.
In 2019, INTERPOL issued 13,377 Red Notices, bringing the total Red Notices in circulation to approx 62,000 with some 7,000 of these being public.[i]
Since 2009, INTERPOL has conducted Operation INFRA (International Fugitives Round Up and Arrest) – a global fugitive hunt for the world’s most wanted criminals – focusing on either a particular region or type of crime each year. These criminals have committed murder, child sexual abuse, drug trafficking, organised crime, people smuggling, human trafficking and money laundering.
Since 2010, Crime Stoppers has supported INTERPOL’s Operation INFRA.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world.
Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery, is almost always a form of organised crime and profits generated from this illicit trade are estimated to exceed US$ 150 billion annually; US$ 99 billion of which comes from commercial sexual exploitation.[i]
With almost every country in the world affected by human trafficking, the trend for the average number of detected and reported victims per country has been steadily increasing, such that it is estimated there are now 45.8 million modern slaves worldwide – more than at any other time in our history, and with 1 in 4 of these being children.[ii]
Men, women and children are exploited for a wide range of purposes, including forced labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, child soldiers, illegal adoption, and organ removal. And, while stories about human trafficking tend to focus on forced prostitution, persons trafficked for slavery, including child labour, and for forced marriage are statistically greater.
Just 66,000 of the estimated 45.8 million slaves globally are rescued each year, which means less than 0.2% of victims are being identified and helped.[iii]
Fake and counterfeit products are a scar on the face of the global trading system.
Illicit trade is the production, import, export, purchase, sale or possession of goods that fail to comply with a country’s legislation is a major and growing problem worldwide.
These fake and counterfeit products are a significant source of funding for organised crime and terrorist organisations, and almost every sector of society and product category is affected.
The World Economic Forum estimates financial losses across 11 industrial sectors at US$1.6 to $2.2 trillion per year. This means businesses are unable to compete fairly; to invest to the maximum extent to protect and create jobs and products; and to increase their profits and make higher contributions to local, state and national taxes. Collectively, the value of illicit trade and transnational criminal activity is estimated at between 8% and 15% of global GDP.[i]
But losses are not only financial. The WHO estimates the death toll attributable to counterfeit medicines to be more than 1 million persons annually.[ii] And, while it is often assumed high-income countries are not impacted, the OECD reports an analysis of counterfeit medicines penetrating legitimate supply chains found upper and lower-middle income countries comprised 93% of all the cases; and health damage due to fake medicines was almost equally distributed between developed and developing countries 43.7% and 56.3%, respectively).[iii]
Financial crime threatens people in every aspect of their lives: at home, at work, online and offline.
Financial crime, also known as economic crime, ranges across theft, fraud, deception, blackmail, corruption and money-laundering, and is committed by ill-intentioned individuals to large-scale operations masterminded by organised criminals with a foot on every continent.
To so-called white-collar criminals and serious and organised crime gangs, the possibilities for making money illicitly are seemingly endless, with risks appearing low and returns high. To avoid detection, stolen funds can cross many physical and virtual borders before reaching a final destination. As a result, detection and prosecution is hampered by the complexity of investigations required, the level of international cooperation needed, and for internet offences the establishment of jurisdiction.
Over and above the immediate social and economic impact to individuals and businesses, financial crime is often closely linked to violent crime and even terrorism.
Financial crime is estimated to cost the global economy US$2.4 trillion per annum.[i]