Crime Line scoops 3 awards in Toronto

Crime Line has once again been recognised at the Crime Stoppers International conference.

Crime Line SA's Yusuf Abramjee and Marisa Oosthuizen are handed the awards by Crime Stoppers International President, Alexander MacDonald (C). Picture: @Abramjee via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Crime Line, the anonymous tip-off service, has scooped three top international awards.

The 36th annual Crime Stoppers International (CSI) conference is underway in Toronto, Canada.

Crime Line won two media awards in the radio and print categories in communities of over 3 million.

They also scooped the productivity award.

CSI President Alexander MacDonald said "South Africa was making its mark on the world stage. Crime Line and Crime Stop are leading the way on the African continent. We hope to replicate this successful model to other parts of Africa."

South Africa is being represented at the conference by Crime Line's Yusuf Abramjee and Marisa Oosthuizen.

Divisional Commissioner for Detective Services Lieutenant-General Vanesh Moonoo and Colonel Dr Attie Lamprecht are representing the South African Police Service.

Abramjee said, "We're humbled to have again received top honours. It's great being recognised on the world stage. Crime Line, a Primedia Group initative, has won awards at CSI for six consecutive years. We thank the public for passing on information anonymously via SMS to 32211 and for contributing to our success.

"Well done to the police for acting on the tip-offs. The partnership with the media has also contributed to the success of our service."

Crime Line has urged the public to continue blowing the whistle on crime.

"The crime figures released by the police earlier this week, shows that a lot of work still needs to be done. We must break our silence and strengthen the partnerships between the public, police and the media," Abramjee added.

He added, "Let's not only sit back and complain. Let's do something about crime. Crime Stopper programmes are making a difference in many parts of the world."