Crimestoppers help bring 866 criminals to justice in Scotland thanks to public information
Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers have revealed that 866 people were arrested and charged between April 2011 and March 2012 in Scotland as a result of information given anonymously to them by the public and passed to police by the charity [11 June 2012].
Various campaigns including knife crime, fireraising and youth initiatives have been launched across the country to help bring criminals to justice with the assistance of local communities. Crimestoppers volunteers have played 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.
National Manager for Scotland, Kate Jackson said: “We continue to work hard in Scotland to ensure that the country is a safe place for people to live in and that people don’t have to put up with criminal acts occurring in their communities.
“More than 16 people a week have been brought to justice across Scotland in the last year due to the public contacting Crimestoppers. You can help 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. You will not be asked your name and we are only interested in what you can tell us.”
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.
• Around 23 people are arrested and charged every day across the UK 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.
• 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.
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