Crimestoppers is urging members of the public to speak up if they have any information on individuals involved with criminal activity in Hertfordshire.
As an independent charity, we take information on a variety of crimes - including human trafficking, modern slavery, gangs, theft, drug dealing and driving offences.
February 24th sees the launch of the Crimestoppers awareness campaign in Hertfordshire, which is being marked by an ad van tour of the county. The ad van will be located in the Asda Shopping Centre in North Watford from 9.00 am until 11.30 am on February 29th, before touring Hertfordshire until March 6th.
We're asking members of the public to look out for the ad van - and if you see it about in Hertfordshire, why not take a selfie and then send it to the Crimestoppers Twitter feed or Facebook page?
The ad van provides the public with the contacts details for Crimestoppers in different languages, including Polish, Romanian, Portuguese, Urdu, Hindi and English, and we're appealing to members of the public who know who is responsible for criminal activity, but don’t want to go to the police, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or filling in our Anonymous Online Form.
We issue rewards of up to £1,000 for information we receive which leads to an arrest and charge.
“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.”
- Antonia Litten, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers
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, we 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.
“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."
- Assistant Chief Constable Willian Jephson, Hertfordshire Police
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”.
If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use our Anonymous Online Form.