Statistics released by crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers have revealed that just under 570 pieces of information were passed to police in Suffolkbetween April 2012 and March 2013. That’s an 8% increase compared to last year. The number of arrests and charges from that information also increased by an impressive 50%.
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 criminals have been taken off the streets of Suffolk this year from the information given to Crimestoppers. Staff and volunteers work extremely hard to do meaningful campaigns which have clearly generated better quality information for Police. Suffolk is one of the safest places in the UK to live and this increase in calls is by no means a reflection of an increase in crime but evidence that the Suffolk public is more aware of Crimestoppers and putting their trust in us. It is interesting that approximately half of the information received by Crimestoppers about Suffolk is online – it seems that the public want to communicate with us in different ways to the traditional 0800 555 111 phone number”.
Mark Corder, Chair of Suffolk Crimestoppers added: “Having recently taken up the position of Suffolk Chair and now recruiting for a committee of volunteers this coming year is going to be extremely busy. Volunteers are very much the backbone of the charity as they live or work in the county where they are helping to fight crime. We still need a vice-chair, treasurer, secretary and someone to take a lead on youth issues. Do you want to make a difference in your community and help make Suffolk 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.