Harwich residents urged to attend meeting on local crime

7 November 2016

Crimestoppers Essex is urging Harwich residents to join them at a local meeting aimed at encouraging people to speak up and help reduce crime in the town.

The importance of communities working together to fight crime was underlined recently when Colin Dobinson from Crimestoppers Essex (pictured) met with Harwich and District Crime Prevention Panel (HDCCP).

Colin Dobinson Compressed

Top of the agenda was the issue of crime in the town, which has recently witnessed an increased number of burglaries and thefts from homes and commercial properties, as well as from cars.

The discussions came ahead of a public meeting on 16 November to talk about local crime problems, and gave Mr Dobinson the opportunity to highlight the work of independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers.

HDCCP honorary treasurer Lesley Chambers said: “It was very interesting to hear about the work that Crimestoppers does and how it encourages people to come forward with information completely anonymously.

“Given the problems we are having, we need everyone in the community to keep their eyes and ears open and not be afraid to pick up the phone with any information that might help. Colin’s talk showed us the difference that Crimestoppers is making across Essex, and we hope it can do the same here in Harwich.

“We hope as many local people as possible will come and join us at Kingsway Hall, Kingsway, Dovercourt, on 16 November and help us tackle these problems together.”

Mr Dobinson, Crimestoppers’ Essex committee’s development leader, said: “It was an extremely useful session and it was important for us to get the message across that we are not part of the police and anyone calling Crimestoppers is guaranteed 100% anonymity.

“As an organisation, we are delighted to see the amount of information we are now receiving from the public about crime in Essex has increased significantly. Our average monthly call rate has increased by over 50% this year, and every caller to Crimestoppers can rest assured that their calls are never recorded or traced and their name and other personal details are never asked for. Nor will they have to give a statement or go to court.”

Crimestoppers provides an anonymous and secure 24/7 service for third party information about crime. Anyone with information can use the free 0800 555 111 phone number or fill in our quick and easy anonymous online form here on the website. Details will then be passed to the appropriate police force or other agency.