Figures released by independent charity Crimestoppers 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 10,000 about criminals in West Midlands area (up by 13 per cent), 2,300 about criminals in Staffordshire (up by 2.7 per cent), 2,200 in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire (up by 5.7 per cent) and 900 in Warwickshire (up by 20 per cent).
Regional Manager, Pauline Hadley said:” I am so proud of our communities from Coventry to Dudley, from Birmingham to Walsall who help us to get rid of criminals from their streets. We had 100 pieces of information about murderers, over 3000 about drug dealers, 144 about rapists and 266 about people unlawfully possessing weapons. Over £2m worth of drugs were seized from the streets last year, purely as a result of calls to Crimestoppers.”
Community continues to be the main force in the fight against crime
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.