Clampdown on metal theft brings success as Crimestoppers and Northern Powergrid renew partnership

25 November 2015

Crime fighting charity Crimestoppers and electricity distributor Northern Powergrid have renewed their pledge to work together to tackle metal theft crime.

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The two organisations have signed a two-year partnership affirming their commitment to tackling the issue and help catch the thieves who steal from the region’s power network and disrupt communities.

As part of the agreement, the two organisations will continue to offer rewards of up to £1,000 for information given to Crimestoppers that leads to the arrest and conviction of an individual for a metal theft offence.

The partnership will build on successful ventures including their joint digital campaign earlier this year which targeted metal theft hotspot areas in Stockton-on-Tees and Castleford. The campaign focused on the disruption caused to homes and businesses, and asked local people to be the eyes and ears of their community and to contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information about metal thieves.

Rodger Holden, Director of Business Development for Crimestoppers, said: “We’ve produced some really encouraging results working alongside Northern Powergrid and my hope is that we continue to achieve more.

“Through renewing this partnership, our message is clear - metal theft is not a victimless crime and we continue to do all we can, alongside Northern Powergrid, to cut it out.”

Nigel Walker, Northern Powergrid’s Vulnerable Assets Manager, said: “We’ve delivered some important initiatives with Crimestoppers to tackle metal theft over the last four years and it’s great that we are renewing this vital partnership. The partnership enables local people to report information on metal theft crime anonymously and play a part in helping prevent future disruption in their community.

“Metal theft from our network not only disrupts power supplies to homes and businesses, it can also be potentially fatal. Thieves leave our substations and power lines damaged increasing the danger of electrocution from anyone who comes too close to our equipment. It’s vital that local communities come together to help tackle metal theft crime and report any suspicious activity near their local power network.”

If you have any information on theft of metal in your area then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or give information online.

 

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For more information, please contact Kieran Theivam on 0208 835 3727 or email Kieran.theivam@crimestoppers-uk.org.

Notes to Editors

  • Northern Powergrid and Crimestoppers have been working in partnership since 2011.
  • Northern Powergrid manages the power network which delivers electricity to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. For further information – or to report a power cut – visit www.northernpowergrid.com
  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our Anonymous Online Form.
  • Around 14 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1998, it has received over 1.6 million actionable calls, resulting in nearly 134,000 arrests and charges. Nearly £132 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £326 million worth of drugs has been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK's Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 3,400 arrests to date.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers' 'call to action' is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.