Statistics released by crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers have revealed that over 1000 pieces of information were passed to police in Hertfordshirebetween April 2012 and March 2013.
This led to over 190 arrests and charges – an impressive increase of nearly 160% compared to last year. 284 positive actions were also taken by Hertfordshire Police as a result of the Crimestoppers information.
As Crimestoppers celebrates its 25thanniversary this year these results highlight the charity’s continuing influence in the fight against crime. With a five per cent increase in actionable information passed on to law enforcement agencies nationally these encouraging regional results mirror the national picture - a further indication of the public’s trust in the charity, the value of our guarantee of anonymity and their wish to support us in helping make their communities safer.
Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “We are delighted that more criminals have been taken off the streets of Hertfordshire this year from the information given to Crimestoppers. Staff and volunteers work extremely hard to do meaningful campaigns which have clearly generated better quality information for Police. The majority of the information is drugs related but we also got a significant amount of information about drink driving, immigration offences, wanted people, burglary and fraud. It is also interesting that approximately half of the information received by Crimestoppers about Hertfordshire is online – it seems that the public want to communicate with us in different ways to the traditional 0800 555 111 phone number”.
Sue Thompson, Chair of Hertfordshire Crimestoppers, added: This year has been a very busy year for the volunteer committee, as we have begun to roll Fearless, our Youth programme, in secondary schools in the south of the county. This has involved partnership working with Billy’s Wish in Hemel Hempstead, and we hope this is the start of even more joint projects in the coming months and years. We also attended the County Show this year for the first time and found the experience very useful. We managed to engage with hundreds of Hertfordshire residents to promote our work in the county and the charity generally”.
This year alone there were over 7,000 arrest and charges nationally, bringing the total since 1988 to over 122,000. £65 million worth of drugs were also seized during the year, bringing the total amount over 25 years to £297 million.
Crimestoppers operates the 24/7 0800 555 111 telephone number for people to pass on information about crimes anonymously. Information can also be passed anonymously through the charity’s Anonymous Online Form. We never ask for your name or personal details, we don’t record calls, we don’t trace calls or online forms and those giving information do not have to give a statement to police or go to court. In our 25 years we have never revealed anyone’s identity.
If you wish to help Crimestoppers in your local community by becoming a volunteer, please visit the volunteer section on our website at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/volunteer.