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Record number of calls made to Crimestoppers in Thames Valley last year

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There were a record number of calls made to Crimestoppers in the Thames Valley last year, with nearly 10 calls a day being to fight against crime.

Figures released by the independent charity recorded a 14 per cent increase in the number of pieces of information passed onto Thames Valley Police resulting in more than 4 people arrested and charged every week.

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 to target crime areas such as burglary, drugs, rural crime, illegal tobacco and human trafficking have 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.

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

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.

Regional Manager for Thames Valley Crimestoppers, Julia Hughes, 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.”

Phil Gomm, Volunteer Chairman for Thames Valley Crimestoppers, added: “We work very hard to ensure that everyone knows about our services and how they can help make communities safer. You can help make our results even better next year by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously about criminal activity of which you are aware. Call anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact us through our Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”

 

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