16 October 2013
This year the independent charity Crimestoppers celebrates its 25th anniversary [7th November 2013].
Launched in 1988 by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, the charity was founded following the murder of Police Officer Keith Blakelock, during the London riots.
The purpose was to encourage members of the public with information on criminal activity to come forward anonymously, without the fear of their identity being revealed.
Since its launch, Crimestoppers UK has received over 1.4 million pieces of useful information which has led to over 125,000 arrests, more than £127 million of stolen goods being recovered and over £307 million of drugs being seized.
Crimestoppers works closely with police forces across the UK and law enforcement organisations, including the National Crime Agency (formerly the Serious Organised Crime Agency).
However, it is our independence from the police and law enforcement that is a unique selling point. This independence creates trust amongst the public, which makes our work within local communities, including South London that much easier.
Our regional staff and our network of over 500 volunteers are integral to the success of Crimestoppers, as they engage with local communities to find out about the crimes and issues affecting them and work hard to tackle crime on a local level.
In 2005 Crimestoppers launched Most Wanted, an online gallery allowing the public to view photos, watch CCTV footage and read descriptions of those wanted by law enforcement in their area. Since launch, over 2,500 individuals featured on Most Wanted have been arrested and charged.
Another milestone was the launch of Fearless in 2010, which is the charity’s youth service for 11-16 year olds. Fearless aims to educate and inform youngsters about crime and encourage them to pass on information anonymously.
For the last seven years Crimestoppers has also been at the forefront of locating UK fugitives, with the launch of Operation Captura in 2006 which sought individuals wanted for serious crimes committed in the UK, who are believed to be hiding in Spain. Working with the National Crime Agency (formerly the Serious Organised Crime Agency) and the Spanish authorities, Operation Captura has seen 53 out of 63 individuals located.
Since then similar campaigns have been launched in the Netherlands and Cyprus.
If you would like to pass on information about crime anonymously you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via our Anonymous Online Form.
If you are interested in becoming a Crimestoppers volunteer, please Contact Us or find out more on our Volunteering pages.