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MS Crime Stoppers Xmas Campaign 041219 10 of 11

A new awareness campaign is encouraging Tasmanians to call out antisocial behaviour, violence and theft in shops as retailers get extra busy heading into Christmas. 

The public's being reminded of the Crimestoppers Tasmania 1800 333 000 hotline, which assists police by taking anonymous tip-offs, but the not-for-profit is emphasising it takes a whole-of-community response.

"We need to stop and be patient and show some respect," said Crime Stoppers Tasmania CEO Mariae Leckie, in a call for restraint from shoppers dealing with seasonal casual shop workers. 

"Also calling out crime, calling out bad behaviour, it really takes a community voice in addition to police...the standard you walk past is the standard you accept." 

Police Minister Mark Shelton was on hand to launch the Retail, Theft and Anti-Violence Campaign in Hobart's Elizabeth Street Mall on Wednesday. 

Acting Inspector Darren Latham says they're well-prepared for the seasonal spike in shoplifting. 

"We do have a taskforce that has been targeting recidivist offenders for some months now; they will continue that work," he said. 

"In addition to that, they've been visiting the CBD and actually being proactive in that space, not just here in Hobart, but across all the shopping precincts." 

Image: (L-R) Crime Stoppers Tasmania CEO Mariae Leckie, Acting Inspector Darren Latham and Police Minister Mark Shelton launch the campaign in Hobart (supplied).