Monday 29 February 2016
Crimestoppers is to send an awareness raising ad van around Hertfordshire this week in the hope of encouraging members of the public to speak up if they have information on individuals involved in criminal activity.
Today marked the launch of the Crimestoppers awareness campaign, which will see the start of the ad van tour of Hertfordshire.
The van was located at the Asda Shopping Centre in North Watford this morning (29th February), before it set off on a seven day tour of Hertfordshire up until 6th March 2016.
Present at the launch this morning included Hertfordshire PCC David Lloyd, Assistant Chief Constable for Hertfordshire Police, Bill Jephson, and Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill.
Crimestoppers staff and volunteers joined by PCC David Lloyd, Inspector Paul Lawrence and Watford Mayor Dorothy Thornhill
Crimestoppers is asking members of the public to look out for the ad van, and if they see it about in Hertfordshire, to take a selfie and send to the Crimestoppers Twitter account (@crimestoppersuk).
The ad van provides the public with the contact details for Crimestoppers in different languages, including Polish, Romanian, Portuguese, Urdu, Hindi and English, and appeals to members of the public that know who is responsible for crime in their community, but don’t want to go to the police, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
The charity issues rewards of up to £1000 for information they receive which leads to an arrest and charge.
Antonia Litten, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said:
“Some people, for whatever reason, don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police. It may be that they have information on someone close to them but they fear the repercussions or it could be that they don’t want to give a witness statement or go to court.
“But they may have vital information about crime and it’s essential that they feel they can pass that on to someone.
“Crimestoppers takes the fear out of giving information on crime. We don’t take your personal details and we can’t trace the information you give by phone or online. You won’t have to give a witness statement to the police and you will not be asked to attend court.”
Around 14 people are arrested every day and somebody is charged with murder approximately every eight days as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
Last year Crimestoppers passed 1,069 pieces of actionable information on crime to Hertfordshire Constabulary. As a result, there were 97 positive outcomes and 84 individuals arrested and charged.
Assistant Chief Constable Bill Jephson, from Hertfordshire Police, said:
“Some people might find it a daunting prospect sharing information which could ultimately lead to an arrest but thanks to Crimestoppers they have the option to give information anonymously. That anonymity might be the thing that helps them take that step, and the information they give could make all the difference for a victim of crime seeking justice.
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, added: “We want the residents of Hertfordshire to feel empowered to stand up to criminals and speak out if they have information or concerns about crime without having to give any personal details. This can help to make our communities an even safer place to live”.
Watford Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: "I thinks it's really important to remind people that Crimestoppers has an anonymous reporting service available and that people can be confidently to use this service to report crime. No one should live in fear of crime"
If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form.