Community continue to play key role in fight against crime as charity releases end of year figures for West Mercia

The local communities in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin 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 over 2000 pieces of information to the police last year, which is a 5.7 per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

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 on domestic abuse and education for youngsters 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 more than 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 West Mercia 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.

Jane McCann, Chair of West Mercia Crimestoppers 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.

“I would also like to thank all our volunteer committee members for all their dedication and hard working resulting in the 5.7 per cent increase in calls.

“It’s great news following the two awards the West Mercia committee collected at the recent West Midlands Regional Conference where Joy Muir, committee secretary, scooped Volunteer of the Year out of 85 candidates and the West Mercia committee achieved Runner Up, Highly Commended out of nine committees.”

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.