Partners in Crime celebrate success in the South East
Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, joined independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners from Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, and Thames Valley when they came together recently to celebrate the charity’s 25th Anniversary, acknowledging the tremendous contribution that the charity’s anonymous services make to crime-fighting throughout the region.
Residents across the South East of England made use of the 0800 555 111 and online anonymous service more than ever last year with calls up an impressive 10.3 per cent; over twice the national average increase. That accounts for around 10,000 pieces of information on criminal activity that may never have been provided otherwise.
Hilary Patel, Sussex Crimestoppers Deputy Chair commented: “Sussex Crimestoppers is committed to helping the police and other community safety organisations keep Sussex a safe place to work and live. It is our partnership with these organisations and with the communities of Sussexwhich has kept our charity at the forefront of innovative crime reduction campaigns and we are delighted that our partnership grows stronger year on year.”
The charity is now celebrating 25 years and plays a strategic role in local policing. The fact that Crimestoppers is an independent charity creates trust amongst the public.
The Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex, Giles York, agreed: “Crimestoppers has become a vital resource for police forces and last year alone the charity reported receiving 1,982 anonymous calls via the charity, including more than 2000 pieces of actionable intelligence, which helped to lead to drug seizures, recovery of property and arrests and charges.
“We take information from Crimestoppers very seriously. We understand that sometimes it is difficult for members of the public to contact us directly, whether through fear of being identified or reluctance to speak to the police. This service is a vital weapon to our successful crime-fighting.”
The partnership work was commended by Katy Bourne who noted: “The fact that calls to the charity’s anonymous service are up again this year reflects the public’s continued confidence in this service. It is commendable that the public continue to want to be involved and do the right thing when it comes to reporting criminal activity. It is this that has led to the continued success of Crimestoppers in helping reduce crime and improve detection rates.”
If you would like to pass on information about crime anonymously you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the charity’s anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please find out more and contact us at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/volunteering/