Statistics released by crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers have revealed that over 860 pieces of information were passed to police in Cambridgeshire between April 2012 and March 2013. That’s a 15% increase compared to the year before which builds on the 19% increase in the previous year.
As Crimestoppers celebrates its 25th anniversary 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 people are choosing to put their trust in Crimestoppers with their information. Cambridgeshire is one of the safest places in the UK to live and this increase in calls is by no means a reflection of an increase in crime but evidence that the Cambridgeshire public is more aware of Crimestoppers and putting their trust in us. The majority of the information was drugs related but we also got a significant amount of information about theft, drink driving, immigration offences, wanted people, burglary and fraud. It is also interesting that approximately half of the information received by Crimestoppers about Cambridgeshire is online – it seems that the public want to communicate with us in different ways to the traditional 0800-555-111 phone number.”
Rob Needle, Chairman of Cambridgeshire Crimestoppers, added: “I took over as chair about a year ago and it has been an extremely busy year building up the committee. We have several initiatives, including a successful campaign targeting domestic abuse which resulted in some significant information being generated and worked closely with Peterborough Regional College to promote our youth brand, Fearless.org. Volunteers are very much the backbone of the charity as they live or work in the county where they are helping to fight crime. We still need a treasurer, those who can attend community events and those with media/marketing knowledge. Do you want to make a difference in your community and help make Cambridgeshire even safer? If so get in contact.
“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 online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. 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 got 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.”