The end of year figures for Suffolk have revealed that the amount of information passed on to Suffolk Police has increased by 27 per cent compared to the previous year. Suffolk Crimestoppers received 610 pieces of information in comparison to the previous year when this stood at just under 482 calls. The amount of arrests and charges also increased by 25 per cent.
With the charity celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2013 this increase highlights a growing awareness of Crimestoppers and its work in local communities. It also highlights the significant role the public plays in the fight against crime.
Ann Scott, Crimestoppers Eastern Regional Manager, said: “I am extremely pleased with these results. They represent a continued effort from the public and Crimestoppers in keeping our communities safe and bringing wanted criminals to justice. Every single day across the UK 1000 people choose to put their trust in our charity with their information about crime. Without the Suffolk public there would no Crimestoppers and more criminals would still be walking the streets. 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”.
Volunteers continue to demonstrate their contribution to the charity
With the recent celebrations for National Volunteers' Week, it is important to recognise the role that the volunteers in Suffolk have played, not only in raising awareness of the charity, but in helping to engage with local people and help tackle the crimes affecting the area.
Sue Hall, the newly appointed Chair of Suffolk Crimestoppers Volunteer Committee, added: “Despite the volunteer committee only being established for less than a year it has been an incredibly busy year. A burglary and handling stolen goods campaign was run earlier in the year and we recently launched an exciting new initiative for local businesses and organisations to get involved. The Suffolk Crimestoppers Ambassador Scheme was launched at an event hosted by the Chief Constable and Police & Crime Commissioner last week. Both applauded the role that Crimestoppers plays in the fight against crime. With your help, you can make these results even better next year by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously about any criminal activity you are aware of on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form. There is also the opportunity to volunteer for the charity and help fight crime in Suffolk."
Since Crimestoppers was formed in 1988, over 128,000 people have been arrested and charged, while 1.5million pieces of information have been passed onto law enforcement agencies.