Mo­bil­is­ing the world against crim­i­nal­ity

Cape Argus - - OPINION - YUSUF ABRAMJEE Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime ac­tivist and newly elected vice-pres­i­dent of CSI. He is also chief am­bas­sador of the Namola/DialDirect Safety App. Twit­ter: @abramjee

I HAVE JUST re­turned from the 39th an­nual con­fer­ence of Crime Stop­pers In­ter­na­tional (CSI) in The Hague, Nether­lands, where I was elected vice-pres­i­dent of the global body, which is in­deed an hon­our, and I am hum­bled.

For the first time, a woman was elected pres­i­dent. Sharon Han­lon, from Aus­tralia, and I have pledged to do our bit to make the world safer.

CSI is a global non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sent­ing sev­eral re­gions com­mit­ted to sup­port law en­force­ment ef­forts to pre­vent and solve crime by mo­bil­is­ing cit­i­zens to anony­mously re­port il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Our part­ners in­clude law en­force­ment, the me­dia, pub­lic and non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies com­mit­ted to the fight against crime.

Dur­ing the three-day con­fer­ence, a va­ri­ety of is­sues were cov­ered, in­clud­ing il­licit trade, hu­man traf­fick­ing and or­gan­ised crime.

Ex­perts from across the globe ad­dressed del­e­gates. We also signed The Hague Ac­cord and pledged to pro­mote global al­liances in the fight against crime.

The SA Po­lice Ser­vice was rep­re­sented by the head of de­tec­tive ser­vices, Lt-Gen TC Mosik­ili, and the head of Crime Stop, Bri­gadier At­tie Lam­brecht. They are also fel­low di­rec­tors on the board of CSI.

The il­le­gal to­bacco trade also dom­i­nated much of the dis­cus­sions at the con­fer­ence.

The il­le­gal cig­a­rette trade is a global prob­lem and au­thor­i­ties have to do much more to stop the prob­lem. Var­i­ous speak­ers high­lighted the lack of ac­tion in sev­eral coun­tries.

As the global au­thor­ity on anony­mous re­port­ing, CSI prin­ci­pal ar­eas of fo­cus are transna­tional crime and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity linked to il­licit trade, hu­man traf­fick­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal and wildlife crime, cy­ber­crime and in­ter­na­tional fugi­tives.

The unique tri­par­tite model of law en­force­ment, me­dia and the com­mu­nity is the ba­sis of CSI’s suc­cess in mo­bil­is­ing com­mu­ni­ties to take greater re­spon­si­bil­ity for their safety and se­cu­rity.

This tried and tested model is re­spected by law en­force­ment agen­cies and com­mu­ni­ties around world.

“Hav­ing es­tab­lished a strong pres­ence in North Amer­ica, Aus­tralia, the UK, Nether­lands, SA, the Caribbean and parts of Cen­tral Amer­ica over the past 40 years, CSI is ramp­ing up its ex­pan­sion ef­forts in Asia, Europe, Africa and South Amer­ica,” says Han­lon.

We are go­ing to be fo­cus­ing on South-east Asia, Europe, Africa, South Amer­ica and the Mid­dle East over the com­ing years.

CSI has forged strate­gic part­ner­ships with key in­ter­na­tional agen­cies and has be­come a ma­jor ac­tor in fa­cil­i­tat­ing pub­lic-pri­vate co-op­er­a­tion in the fight against crime.

A few years ago, we hosted the first CSI con­fer­ence on the African con­ti­nent in Cape Town. We will be bid­ding next year to host the con­fer­ence again lo­cally, pos­si­bly in 2021.

Some­one, some­where, some­how knows some­thing about crime. We must break the si­lence. We must stop pro­tect­ing crim­i­nals. Blow the whis­tle on them anony­mously.

From next Wed­nes­day, I will be the host of a new weekly pro­gramme on eNCA, Crime Watch. It will air at 9.30pm.

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