Crime Stoppers funding plea

CAMPAIGN: Crime Stoppers turn to crowdfunding to get rural crime initiative off the ground after state government funding cut.

CAMPAIGN: Crime Stoppers turn to crowdfunding to get rural crime initiative off the ground after state government funding cut.

A service which has played a pivotal part in the investigation of the cold case murder of Whyalla businessman Peter Seaford has turned to crowdfunding to get a country crime campaign off the ground.

Crime Stoppers SA have turned to the public for financial support via Go Fund Me for the first time ever after being denied funding for the initiative by the Marshall Liberal Government. 

SA Labor say they promised Crime Stoppers $960,000 over four years, but this commitment has not been honoured by the state government, according to the nonforprofit rogasniation.

Crime Stoppers SA chairwoman Sharon Hanlon said the Country Crime Prevention Campaign aims to address the growing issue of rural crime and in particular livestock theft, which left farmers across South Australia $1.2 million out of pocket in 2016-17.

"Farmers have also experienced the theft of farm machinery, equipment, vehicles, material, tools and spare parts, all of which are needed to stay operational," she said.

"The theft of produce, seed and grain- as well as deliberately lit bushfires - can bring farming communities to their knees.

"Working in partnership with the community we believe we can make a difference."

Shadow Minister for Police Lee Oldenwater has launched a petition calling on the state government to reverse the funding cut to Crime Stoppers.

"The Marshall Liberal Government's cruel cut to Crime Stoppers is an attack on community safety," he said.

"Crime Stoppers is asking for $150,000 to run this important, rural campaign. Which doesn't seem like a big ask from a Government willing to hand over $42 million to build a private hotel on Adelaide Oval."

Police Minister Corey Wingard said Labor never paid a cent to Crime Stoppers during their 16 years in power.

"We too could pull dollar figures from the sky...but we don't do that because we're a responsible government," he said.

"The unfortunate fact is sponsorship for Crime Stoppers has waned, which has hurt their bottom dollar. e will, however, work with them as they seek to find a sustainable business model.

"Their funding requests will also be considered in the lead-up to this year's Budget."

Vital information regarding the murder of Peter Seaford, which has remained a cold case for the past 30 years, was recently provided to Crime Stoppers by an anonymous caller.

This has sparked a call from SA Police for the caller to get in contact with them in hopes of unearthing more information about Mr Seaford's death.

The state government has been contacted for comment.