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A new campaign launching today will aim to stamp out sexual offending on public transport and bring those responsible to justice.
The Hands Off Campaign, by Crime Stoppers, Victoria Police and Public Transport Victoria, will see the release of images of a number of people police want to speak to in relation to sexual offending on or in the vicinity of public transport across the state.
Victorians are urged to review the images over the next two weeks and report what they know to Crime Stoppers confidentially.
Information received will be passed to police to help find and arrest perpetrators of sexual offences throughout our transit system.
Victoria Police Inspector Karl Curran, of the transit safety division, said police were committed to eliminating sexual offending on public transport.
“The Hands Off Campaign is a collaborative initiative between Victoria Police and Crime Stoppers to address sexual offending on public transport,” he said.
“Our priority is to ensure all Victorians are able to use our public transport system without fear of harm and our message to offenders is clear – your behaviour will not be tolerated.
“We’re asking the community to please review the images being released during the next two weeks and report anything you know to Crime Stoppers confidentially on 1800 333 000, via the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppersvic.com.au or the Crime Stoppers app.
“If your image is released, we urge you to make yourself known to police and we will assist you to access rehabilitative services should you wish.
“It’s only a matter of time before the community tells us where you are and we come to you.”
Crime Stoppers Victoria general manager Cathy Rhodes said The Hands Off Campaign demonstrated the charity’s commitment to making Victoria a safer place.
“Everyone should feel safe and secure on public transport and Crime Stoppers is absolutely committed to working with Victoria Police to ensure this is the case for all Victorians,” she said.
“We urge the community to visit our Facebook page @CrimeStoppersVic and/or our website to review the images we’re releasing today, share our posters on your social media accounts and report anything you know to us confidentially.
Make a confidential report to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
DO YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE?
Police are searching for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on board a CBD bound tram on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
The man was travelling on the route 1 tram along Swanston Street about 10.45am before touching a woman on her behind as she took a seat.
Police have released an image of a man whom they believe may be able to assist in their inquiries.
The man is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, in his 50s, approximately 175cm tall and had a completely shaved and shiny head.
Police are searching for a man who allegedly exposed himself and performed a lewd act while aboard a Sandringham Line outbound train service on Thursday, June 1, 2017.
The man boarded the train at Flinders Street Station about 6am.
While on board, he has exposed himself in front of a female passenger and performed a lewd act, before exiting the train at Windsor Station.
Police have released CCTV images of a man whom they believe may be able to assist in their inquiries.
He is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, in his mid-20s to early 30s, with a medium to solid build, black hair and thick facial hair.
He was wearing a green jacket over a tan T-shirt, black pants and skate-type shoes.