Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) have launched a new campaign to try and tackle the issue of drugs in Belfast.
The project, titled ‘Drug Dealers Don’t Care, Do You?,’ was launched at Belfast City Hall on Monday February 24th by the partnering organisations, with the aim to encourage more people to report drug-related activity in their area.
The campaign also looks at the devastating impact of drugs on communities and families, while highlighting the fact that very often individual members of a community are the ones with the knowledge which could help tackle the increasing problem of both illegal drugs and ‘legal highs’.
Advertising on billboards, buses and taxis across Belfast, as well as on radio; were produced to promote the campaign, while a viral video was promoted online and through social media.
A Crimestoppers Spokesperson said: “This is a really important campaign for ridding the streets of drugs, but also for appealing to the public for their help in fighting this crime.
“Crimestoppers is an anonymous, independent outlet for passing on information about crime and we can assure you that nobody will ever know you contacted us. So help clean the streets of drugs and get in touch with us.”
Councillor Pat Convery, a member of the Belfast PCSP, said: “The ultimate aim of this campaign is to get drugs off our streets, and to give people the confidence to report drug dealing in their community. The police and other agencies are doing their utmost to tackle the scourge of drugs, but information and local knowledge are key.
“We’re launching this campaign in partnership with Crimestoppers to encourage people to report anything they’re aware of to do with drugs or drug dealing in their communities, and reminding them that they can do this in complete confidence and anonymously if they wish.”
If you have any information about drug related crime then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.
*Note: To see the hard hitting video produced to support the campaign, please click here.