Independent charity Crimestoppers has announced that a record number of pieces of information about crime in North Wales have been given to them anonymously by members of the public in 2016.
Over 1,000 pieces of actionable information were received by the charity by phone or through the online form from its website, a 20% increase on 2015. This has led to a rise in the number of arrests and positive actions that North Wales Police have made from the information passed on to them.
Significantly, more information is now passed to the charity anonymously online in North Wales than through its traditional phone number.
Over 50% of the information that the charity received was on drug related crime and over 50 calls were with regard to possession of weapons or murder.
The charity recently carried out a successful bilingual campaign using social media, radio adverts and leaflet drops in Wrexham to highlight the issue of arson, and we received a 50% increase in information against the same month in 2015 following this campaign.
Gary Murray, North Wales Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: "North Wales is a beautiful and safe place to live and work that has low crime levels, but unfortunately criminals don’t care how much damage they do to people’s lives or to our communities.
“It is very pleasing that people in North Wales really do want to make a difference and know that the information that they give to us will be passed on to the police or other agencies without them having to reveal their identity. The increase in arrests and positive actions because of this information also shows how valuable this information can be in making our communities safer.”
Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form. Information passed to the police will not qualify for a reward.