26 April 2013

We are supporting a major new campaign that looks to stamp out thieves targeting householders, drivers, business owners and major employers, initially in the Plymouth area but then later to be rolled out through Devon & Cornwall.

'Thieves don’t care…..' is a project backed and funded by Devon and Cornwall Police. Other partners involved include Plymouth Community Safety Partnership, the City College and Plymouth Against Retail Crime (PARC).

The group will join with media partners across the city and use social media to alert people where and when crime trends develop, to emphasise the importance of protecting property and belongings from thieves and to help gather intelligence.

Companies such as B&Q and Citybus have already signed up to support the campaign.

Plymouth crime figures 2013

The 2013 crime figures show a year on year drop in so called acquisitive crime across the city and show that positive policing and partnership work has had a big impact on acquisitive crime. They showed:

  • 63 less robberies.
  • 326 houses burgled.
  • 473 fewer victims of ‘other’ burglaries.
  • 87 fewer stolen cars and a similar reduced number of thefts from vehicles.
  • A slight fall in shoplifting.

The 'Thieves don’t care…..' brand will remain constant, but can be adapted to support campaigns where a need is identified, for example where there has been a spate of shed break-ins or burglaries, or in preparation for a date in the calendar such as Christmas or Fresher’s Week.

Warning people about thieves

Stephen Pearce, Crimestoppers Chairman for Devon & Cornwall, said: “This is a major campaign to warn people about conniving thieves and also to alert them that there are a number of ways to pass on information about those committing these crimes.

“People work hard to pay for their house, their car or their smartphone, so they shouldn’t have to worry about them being stolen. This is why Crimestoppers is backing this campaign and I would urge you to contact us anonymously if you have any information on anyone committing this type of crime.”

If you have any information on theft or other crimes you can contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.