Statistics released by crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers have revealed that over 730 pieces of information were passed to police in Norfolk between April 2012 and March 2013. That’s an 11% increase compared to the year before which builds on the 5% increase in the previous year.
As Crimestoppers celebrates its 25th anniversary this year these results highlight the charity’s continuing influence in the fight against crime. With a five per cent increase in actionable information passed on to law enforcement agencies nationally these encouraging regional results mirror the national picture - a further indication of the public’s trust in the charity, the value of our guarantee of anonymity and their wish to support us in helping make their communities safer.
Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said:
“We are delighted that more people are choosing to put their trust in Crimestoppers with their information. Norfolk is an incredibly safe place to live and this increase in calls is by no means a reflection of an increase in crime but evidence that the Norfolk public is more aware of Crimestoppers and putting their trust in us. The majority of the information is drugs related but we also got a significant amount of information about theft, drink driving, immigration offences, wanted people, burglary and fraud. It is also interesting that approximately half of the information received by Crimestoppers about Norfolk is online – it seems that the public want to communicate with us in different ways to the traditional 0800 555 111 phone number”.
She added: “Volunteers are very much the backbone of the charity as they live or work in the county where they are helping to fight crime. This year we will be looking for a new committee of volunteers to work alongside staff to promote the charity and keep the phone ringing. We will need a chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. In addition to this we will need those who can attend community events, those with media/marketing knowledge, those with IT skills and someone to lead on our youth work. Do you want to make a difference in your community and help make Norfolk even safer?”
Charges this year:
- 7,000 arrest and charges nationally, bringing the total since 1988 to over 122,000
- £65 million worth of drugs were also seized during the year, bringing the total amount over 25 years to £297 million
Crimestoppers operates the 24/7 0800 555 111 telephone number for people to pass on information about crimes anonymously. Information can also be passed anonymously through the charity’s Anonymous Online Form.
We never ask for your name or personal details, we don’t record calls, we don’t trace calls or online forms and those giving information do not have to give a statement to police or got to court. In our 25 years we have never revealed anyone’s identity.
If you wish to help Crimestoppers in your local community by becoming a volunteer, please visit the volunteer section on our website at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/volunteer.