We're taking to the streets of Dartford town to urge residents to take a stance against local criminals and speak out fearlessly.
Faces of some of Dartford’s Most Wanted individuals will be broadcast on a large screen and the message to local criminals will be clear: ‘Dartford residents are watching you and there’s nowhere to hide’.
As an independent charity, together with the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott, Dartford Town Against Crime, Dartford Borough Council and Kent Police, we're determined to reach out to all residents and ensure they all understand that fear is not a barrier to speaking out.
Over the last six months Crimestoppers Most Wanted has hosted 160 live appeals for Kent, with 56 of the individuals in those appeals now showing as arrested.
Peter Rolington, Chair of Kent Crimestoppers, said: “We all have a part to play in the fight against crime and it is vital that we don’t just hope someone else will notice and do something about it.
“That’s why days like today are so important, to remind people they can give information without fear of being identified themselves, as Crimestoppers is 100% anonymous.
“You can be assured that your identity will never be revealed. We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know.”
Councillor Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council, said: “Dartford Town Against Crime is working in partnership with local businesses, Kent Police and Dartford Borough Council to make Dartford Town Centre safe and secure. We are hoping that it will get to the stage where persistent criminals will stay away from Dartford completely because they know they won’t succeed. We are also working hard to create an environment where businesses prosper and can concentrate their security resources on the few opportunist thieves.”
Matthew Scott, Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Cutting crime is a key element of my Six Point Plan, but to deliver that promise Kent Police needs help from the public. Information from our communities, whether provided directly to the police, or anonymously via Crimestoppers, is vital.
“I’m pleased to have been able to provide funding to both national Crimestoppers and local Crimestoppers to support their ongoing work, because the security of the people of Kent is my priority.”
The impact of crime should not be underestimated: victims can be left traumatised, witnesses can be frightened and feel vulnerable and, culturally, some people feel they cannot and would not ever go to the police. Crimestoppers enables a safe route to breaking the cycle of crime.
If you have any information about those committing crime in Dartford or across Kent, please call anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use our Anonymous Online Form. No one will ever know who you are as we guarantee complete anonymity for those passing on information.
Visit our Most Wanted Gallery to see more Kent wanted individuals.