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THE time has come to mo­bilise the world against crime, says anti-crime ac­tivist Yusuf Abram­jee.

I have just re­turned from the 39th an­nual con­fer­ence of Crime Stop­pers In­ter­na­tional (CSI) in The Hague, Nether­lands. I was elected vice-pres­i­dent of the global body, and it is 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.

Crime Stop­pers In­ter­na­tional is a global non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion (NPO) rep­re­sent­ing sev­eral re­gions com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing law en­force­ment ef­forts to prevent and solve crime by mo­bil­is­ing cit­i­zens to anony­mously re­port il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.

It com­prises lo­cal CSI pro­grammes in 26 coun­tries, and we over­see a so­phis­ti­cated net­work.

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

Dur­ing the three-day con­fer­ence, 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 SAPS, was rep­re­sented by head of de­tec­tive ser­vices, Lieu­tenant-gen­eral TC Mosik­ili, and the head of Crime Stop, Bri­gadier At­tie Lam­brecht. They are fel­low di­rec­tors on the CSI board.

South Africa’s Crime Stop gets thou­sands of anony­mous tip-offs an­nu­ally via the 08600 10111 num­ber.

This leads to thou­sands of ar­rests and seizures worth mil­lions of rand.

The il­le­gal to­bacco trade also dom­i­nated much of the dis­cus­sion at the con­fer­ence. South Africa was praised for the #Take­back­thetax ini­tia­tive.

As spokesper­son for the cam­paign, I was de­lighted to hear the UK In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice say­ing they wanted to start a sim­i­lar drive.

The il­le­gal cig­a­rette trade is a global prob­lem and au­thor­i­ties have to do much more to stop it. 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.

Crime af­fects all of us and it’s time for ac­tion. Let’s join hands, mo­bilise. It’s a war and we are go­ing to win it!

Yusuf Abram­jee is an anti-crime ac­tivist and newly elected vice-pres­i­dent of Crime Stop­pers In­ter­na­tional. He is also chief am­bas­sador of the Namola/ Dialdirect Safety App. Twit­ter: @abram­jee

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