Crimestoppers is calling on residents of Sheffield to help tackle criminal gangs in the city.
With South Yorkshire suffering from the highest number of firearm offences per 100,000 of the population in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, Crimestoppers is encouraging the people of Sheffield to help tackle these crimes and make the city safer.
As an independent charity, Crimestoppers is able to take information from anybody, whilst maintaining that person's anonymity. The information about the crime or criminal is then passed on to the relevant law enforcement agency to take action. In the 28 years that Crimestoppers has been in existence, we have never compromised the anonymity of the caller - and we receive over 1,000 calls every day!
Gemma Wilson, Regional Manager for Crimestoppers in Yorkshire, said: "We know there are people out there who have information about people who are committing these crimes and causing fear where they live. Crimestoppers is here for you - help us make Sheffield a safer place to live and work.
"You can contact us anonymously; a single piece of information could make a huge difference."
Postcards will be distributed to properties in Arbourthorne, Longley, Manor, Parsons Cross and Wybourn with hard-hitting images and details on how to report information to Crimestoppers. The campaign also serves as a stark warning that these crimes will not be tolerated and the police are committed to acting on information passed to them from Crimestoppers to help make these communities safer places to live and work.
South Yorkshire Police fully support the campaign. Superintendent Morley said: "Police in Sheffield have dedicated teams tackling gang violence and drug supply across the city. Many of these gangs make use of illegally-held firearms, and we have established Operation Fortify to take these firearms, drugs and gangs off our streets.
"To make the biggest impact possible we need the public's help to identify those involved in this criminality. Crimestoppers is a simple way to pass information anonymously, and I would encourage the public to tell them what you know. Don't tolerate gang crime in Sheffield - we need your help to make Sheffield safer."
To report information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or use our Anonymous Online Form. All reports have the complete guarantee of anonymity.