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Calls to Crimestoppers lead to rise in information on criminals given to Northamptonshire Police

Library picture: Northamptonshire Police control room

Library picture: Northamptonshire Police control room

Tip-offs to police through Crimestoppers increased by 1.6 percent on the previous year, according to statistics released by the Northamptonshire branch of the independent charity.

The figures showed that the charity passed over 821 pieces of information to the police supplied anonymously by members of public.

A spokesman for Crimestoppers said: “With the charity celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, this increase highlights a growing awareness of Crimestoppers and its work in local communities, while also highlighting the significant role the public plays in the fight against crime.

“Campaigns launched on burglary, phone theft, awareness raising around our youth brand Fearless and money mules has seen a positive response from the community and resulted in a number of individuals being brought to justice.”

“Many of these local campaigns are run by Crimestoppers’ dedicated group of volunteers, of which there are over 600 working for the charity, and have had an additional impact on these figures.

“With this week also being National Volunteers Week, it is important to recognise the role the volunteers in Northamptonshire have played in not only raising awareness of the charity, but in helping to engage with local people and help tackle the crimes affecting the area.

“Across the UK, information passed onto the police by Crimestoppers increased slightly by just over one per cent, whilst the value of goods recovered also rose, with over £3.3million worth seized,” he added.

Since Crimestoppers was formed in 1988, over 128,000 people have been arrested and charged, while 1.5million pieces of information have been passed onto law enforcement agencies.

Crimestoppers vice chairman for Northamptonshire, Charlotte Patrick, said: “What these results represent is a continued effort from the public and Crimestoppers to keep our communities safe and bring wanted criminals to justice.

“I cannot thank our local communities enough for their efforts and for trusting us with their information – and to our volunteers who dedicate so much of their time to ensure we continue the fight to provide a crime free community.

“With your help, you can make these results even better next year by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously about criminal activity you are aware of by contacting us on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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