Community continue to play key role in fight against crime as charity releases end of year figures for Hertfordshire

Residents of Hertfordshire continue to show they are committed to the fight against crime after figures released by Crimestoppers revealed a 22 per cent increase in calls to the charity last year [3 June 2014].

Figures released by the independent charity recorded 1,077 pieces of information being passed onto local police.

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

Campaigns to target crime areas such as burglary, drugs, metal theft, rural crime and human trafficking have seen a positive response from the community and resulted in a number of individuals being brought to justice.

Many of these local campaigns are run by Crimestoppers’ dedicated group of volunteers, of which there are over 600 working for the charity.

With this week also being National Volunteers Week, it is important to recognise the role the volunteers in Hertfordshire 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.

Across the UK, information passed onto the police by Crimestoppers increased by one per cent, whilst the value of goods recovered also rose, with over £3.3million worth being seized.

Since Crimestoppers was formed in 1988, over 128,000 people have been arrested and charged, while 1.5 million pieces of information have been passed onto law enforcement agencies.

Regional Manager for Crimestoppers in Hertfordshire, Julia Hughes, said: “What these results represent is a continued effort from the public and Crimestoppers to keep our communities safe and bring wanted criminals to justice.

“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.”

Sue Thompson, Volunteer Chairman for Hertfordshire Crimestoppers, added: “We work very hard to ensure that everyone knows about our services and how they can help make communities safer. You can help make our results even better next year by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously about criminal activity of which you are aware. Call anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact us through our Anonymous Online Form."

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For more information on Crimestoppers please contact: Regional Manager for Crimestoppers in Hertfordshire, Julia Hughes on 07979 815069.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 128,000 arrests and charges. Over £129 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £312 million worth of drugs has been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,800 arrests to date.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.
  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our Anonymous Online Form which can also be accessed via mobile devices.