End of year statistics released by crime-fighting Crimestoppers have revealed that almost 8,887 pieces of information were passed to police between April 2011 and March 2012 in West Midlands − leading to over 436 arrests and charges.
Various campaigns such as East Birmingham Drugs, have been launched in the area to help bring wanted criminals to justice with local volunteers playing an integral role in engaging with local communities and finding out which crimes are affecting them.
With the charity celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, these numbers represent a continuing awareness and trust of Crimestoppers as both a charity, and an organisation that aids the fight against crime.
Regional Manager for West Midlands, Pauline Hadley, said: “We continue to work hard in West Midlands to ensure that the area is a safe place for people to live in and criminals are brought to justice.
“With your help, you can bring even more criminals to justice next year by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”
Across the UK, information passed onto the police by Crimestoppers increased by almost five per cent.
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.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Crimestoppers, please fill out our volunteer enquiry form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/volunteer
For more information on Crimestoppers and this campaign please contact Pauline Hadley Regional Manager for West Midland on 07743895643 or by email on email@example.com
Notes to Editors
- Around 23 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
- Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 113,000 arrests and charges. Over £123 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £232 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 1,000 arrests to date.
- Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, 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.
- 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 ‘giving information’ form via our website www.crimestoppers-uk.org which can also be accessed via mobile devices.