Crimestoppers in Dorset received a large number of call on their anonymous number over the Christmas period and the preceding weeks.
These invaluable calls provided intelligence that helped prevent crime by disrupting the criminal intent of the perpetrators or enabled the local police to make arrests either at the crime scene or afterwards.
For example, the reporting of cannabis factories, over 70 cases of drug trafficking and supply (one case in a local community pub), assault and harassment, theft/robbery and driving without tax and insurance were all crimes acted upon in Dorset as a direct result of someone phoning Crimestoppers. Remember, all calls are anonymous, never recorded and treated with the utmost confidentiality. The secret is safe with us, as the caller will never be asked to act as a witness or appear in court.
The Christmas drink driving campaign by Dorset Police heightened the awareness of the dangers and risks to the public, and nearly 20 calls resulted in drivers being stopped and breathalysed. The Name and Shame articles and photographs in the local press after sentencing of those found guilty should be an additional deterrent to those prepared to take the risk.
So thank you, callers. You made a big difference to the safety, security and well-being of your fellow citizens and could well have saved others from injury or worse.
Remember, to make a difference in your street, village or town by reporting a crime or criminals, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.