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Charity bin thefts damage crisis support services

THIEVES stealing from donation bins are damaging vital suicide prevention services, according to a charity organisation.

In Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, a man was charged with stealing two bikes that were left at a Lifeline donation bin.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said Sean Richard Crisp was caught on camera stealing the items in Goodna.

Crisp, 31, told police he had taken the bikes because his children had needed them at the time.

He pleaded guilty to stealing and was fined $300.

A spokeswoman for UnitingCare Community - which operates Lifeline services - said Lifeline's suicide prevention service The Crisis Line was funded by money raised at Lifeline stores.

"Stealing from Lifeline affects the contribution our shops can make to the Crisis Line," she said.

"Each call we answer is a potential life saved and each product we sell contributes to the maintenance of this vital service."

A St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland spokeswoman said their charity organisation was also dealing with the same theft problem.

"Stealing from charity bins does occur...the best way to reduce this theft is to donate correctly," she said.

The spokeswoman said donors should avoid leaving products outside shops or Lifeline donation bins.



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