Crimestoppers urge locals in Staffordshire to contact them anonymously with information on drugs and victims of modern day slavery
The impact of drugs on communities – along with associated activities, including those involving weapons – is confirmed by the number of reports received by our call centre and via our anonymous online reporting form.
More than half (55%, or nearly 1,400) of all crime reported to the charity from residents in Staffordshire over the past year is drug-related – and we also received over 80 anonymous reports from the public in the county last year relating to possession of weapons.
We are also raising awareness of the potential for modern day slavery in the county. Whilst this is a nationwide issue, it follows news that more than 50 people were rescued from modern slavery in Staffordshire, including dozens from Vietnam who were discovered in the back of a truck.
Pauline Hadley, West Midlands Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said:
“Whilst Staffordshire is relatively a safe place to live, it’s important that we remind people that drugs and slavery both have a negative impact on our neighbourhoods. Through the use of targeted messaging via Facebook and other social media, and via the press, we are reminding people that Crimestoppers offers a totally safe and anonymous way to report crime information without having to speak directly to the police, give your details or have to appear in court. Together, we can help make Staffordshire a safer place to live and work.”