The end of year figures for Essex by Crimestoppers have revealed that the amount of arrests from information passed onto Essex Police has increased by 82 per cent compared to the previous year with 113 arrests made by Essex Police in comparison to 62 arrests last year. Positive outcomes recorded totalled 204 as a result of Crimestoppers information, such as a warning letter being issued or patrol being stepped up.

With the charity celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2013 this increase highlights a growing awareness of Crimestoppers and its work in local communities. It also highlights the significant role the public plays in the fight against crime.

Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Essex, said: “I am extremely pleased with these results. They represent a continued effort from the public and Crimestoppers in keeping our communities safe and bringing wanted criminals to justice. Just over 1,300 people across Essex have chosen to put their trust in our charity with their information about crime. Without the Essex public there would no Crimestoppers and more criminals would still be walking the streets. I cannot thank our local communities enough for their efforts and for trusting us with their information – and to our volunteers who dedicate so much of their time to ensure we continue the fight to provide a crime free community. With last week also being National Volunteers Week it is important to recognise the role that volunteers in Essex have played in not only raising awareness of the charity, but in helping to engage with local people and help tackle the crimes affecting the area”.

Volunteers continue to demonstrate their contribution to the charity

Stuart Rawlins, Chair of Essex Crimestoppers Volunteer Committee, added: “This has been an incredibly busy year for the committee, with the number of volunteers we have increasing. Activity has included a county wide burglary campaign, attendance at V-Festival, an increased focus on promoting our youth brand Fearless and an appeal for information on the tragic murder of Jamie Attfield. We also recently launched an exciting new initiative for local businesses and organisations to get involved. The Essex Crimestoppers Ambassador Scheme was devised, developed and implemented by Colin Dobinson, a volunteer on the Essex committee. It has really improved our engagement with the Essex public and those working to serve them. It has even been rolled out by the volunteer committee in Suffolk and looks set to go national. Volunteers are the backbone of Crimestoppers and we are always looking for new volunteers to join the committee.”

Tell us what you know, not who you are

Anyone with information about criminals or criminal activity can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by filling in our Anonymous Online Form. Since Crimestoppers was formed in 1988, over 128,000 people have been arrested and charged, while 1.5million pieces of information have been passed on to law enforcement agencies.