Community play key role in fight against crime as charity releases end of year figures for Staffordshire

The end of year figures for Staffordshire have revealed that the number of pieces of information passed onto police in the past 12 months about criminals has increased on the previous year, with the number growing by 5 per cent.

The local communities across the West Midlands Region continue to play a priceless role in the fight against crime contacting the charity with over 15,000 pieces of information in the last year: Including 2,300 about criminals in Staffordshire (up 2.7 per cent), 2,200 in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire (up by 5.7 per cent), 900 in Warwickshire (up by 20 per cent), and 10,000 about criminals in West Midlands area (up by 13 per cent).

Regional Manager, Pauline Hadley said:”I am so proud of our communities from Stoke on Trent to Burton, Stafford to Cannock, Lichfield to Tamworth, who help us to get rid of criminals from their streets. We had 3 pieces of information about murderers, over 1000 about drug dealers, 63 for fraud and forgery, 25 about rapists and 37 about people unlawfully possessing weapons. Over £20,000 worth of stolen property and drugs were seized from the streets last year, all purely as a result of calls to Crimestoppers.”

With the charity celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2013, these numbers highlight a growing awareness of Crimestoppers and its work in local communities, while also highlighting the significant role the public plays in the fight against crime. Campaigns launched against robbers, drug dealers, burglars, thieves and violent criminals have seen positive responses from the community and resulted in a number of individuals being brought to justice.

Volunteers continue to be a driving force for the charity

Many of these local campaigns are run by Crimestoppers’ dedicated group of volunteers, of which there are over 40 working for the charity in local areas, and have had an additional impact on these figures.

With the recent celebrations for National Volunteers' Week, it is important to recognise the role the volunteers in the area have played in not only raising awareness of the charity, but in helping to engage with local people and help tackle the crimes affecting the area.

Across the UK, information passed on to the police by Crimestoppers increased slightly by just over one per cent, whilst the value of goods recovered also rose, with over £3.3 million worth seized.

Since Crimestoppers was formed in 1988, over 128,000 people have been arrested and charged, while 1.5million pieces of information have been passed onto law enforcement agencies.

Regional Manager, Pauline Hadley said:

“What these results represent is a continued effort from the public and Crimestoppers to keep our communities safe and bring wanted criminals to justice.

“I cannot thank our local communities enough for their efforts and for trusting us with their information – and to our volunteers who dedicate so much of their time to ensure we continue the fight to provide a crime free community.

“With your help, you can make these results even better next year by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously about criminal activity you are aware of by contacting us on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.”