The local communities from Atherstone to Nuneaton, Rugby to Leamington and Stratford continue to play a priceless role in the fight against crime after figures released by the crime-fighting organisation Crimestoppers revealed that the charity passed on 900 pieces of information to the police – a staggering 24.8 per cent increase on the previous 12 months.
With the charity celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2013, this increase highlights 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 on burglary have seen a positive response 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 600 working for the charity, 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 Warwickshire 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 onto the police by Crimestoppers increased slightly by just over one per cent, whilst the value of goods recovered also rose, with over £3.3million worth seized.
Crimestoppers Chairman for Warwickshire Mark Stevenson 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.”
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.