Partners in Crime celebrate success in the South East

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners from Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley came together this week to celebrate the charity’s 25th Anniversary and acknowledge 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.

Phil Gomm, Chair of Thames Valley Crimestoppers, commented: “The success of the charity is all down to partnership work. Crimestoppers provides the means for the public to safely help ‘police’ their own communities without fear of retribution and enables law enforcement agencies to solve crime more effectively.”

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.

Sara Thornton, Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, agreed: “Crimestoppers has become a vital resource for police forces.  From April 2012 to May 2013 Thames Valley Police gained 3086 pieces of significant information via this service, an increase of 13 per cent against the previous year.

“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 a reluctance to speak to the police.  This service is a vital weapon to our successful crime-fighting.”

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, speaking about good partnership work added: “Public engagement is key to effective crime reduction and detection and it is extremely heartening to see that our local residents are willing to take a stand against crime.”

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/

For more information please contact: Julia Hughes, Regional Manager for Thames Valley Crimestoppers, on 07979 815069 or Julia.hughes@crimestoppers-uk.org

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