Essex residents lead the way for reporting crime anonymously


We received a record number of reports from the public in Essex over the last 12 months, achieving the highest percentage increase across the country.


From April 2016 to March 2017, our UK Contact Centre handled over 4,200 Essex-related reports, a 44% increase on the previous 12 months, compared to the charity’s national average increase of 24%.


We encourages people to pass on information about crime 100% anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using our non-traceable online form.


Chair of Crimestoppers in Essex, Stuart Rawlins, said: “This is a huge increase and we are very proud that Essex has successfully increased the number of people reporting crime anonymously. These figures show that the Crimestoppers’ message is getting through to people who want to make a difference in their local communities.


“We know that very often it is residents living in those very areas where crimes are committed who hold the key to what is happening, yet they are too scared or worried to take action and talk directly to the police. Because Crimestoppers gives them the chance to report information completely anonymously, and without fear of being identified in any way, they are now coming forward and we are seeing the results.


“Just one small piece of information that could appear insignificant may be the key to enabling the police to complete their investigations and lead to an arrest and charge being made.”


Key charity initiatives in the county over the past 18 months have included a powerful domestic abuse campaign; the introduction of a pocket-sized marketing card which explains how the organisation works; an Ambassadors programme designed to work with partner organisations to reach particular groups; and smaller, targeted projects in selected crime hotspots.


Crimestoppers’ Regional Manager, Liam Duffy, said: “This news is extremely encouraging and demonstrates the importance of the role Crimestoppers is playing in the fight against crime. The Essex team has worked very hard to promote ongoing campaigns and the results are there for everyone to see.


“What we need to do now is maintain that impetus to achieve even greater success through partnership programmes with relevant organisations and continue to build awareness of Crimestoppers among the public throughout 2017.”


The figures show that the highest number of reports to us were for drugs offences and driving offences - including drink driving; while others categories showing an increase in reporting included information around wanted individuals, alleged assault or harassment, theft and possession of a weapon.


The number of online reports has also increased, with nearly half of all information now received via the Crimestoppers’ secure online form as opposed to over the phone.


We are keen to underline its independence and Stuart Rawlins added: “We are not part of the police and we are not BBC Crimewatch. Calls cannot be recorded or traced, no-one will be asked for their name or any personal details and they will not have to give a statement or go to court.”


Crimestoppers is not an emergency service and in the event of an emergency, you should always ring 999.