Crimestoppers’ Most Wanted has launched an ‘Unknowns Gallery’ in Thames Valley to mark its 10,000th appeal and 26 per cent arrest rate.
Most Wanted is the only UK-wide online forum where individuals wanted by the police and other law enforcement bodies such as the National Crime Agency, HMRC and the UK Border Force can be found and information passed on about them anonymously by the public.
Last year 118 suspects from Thames Valley were listed on the Most Wanted site, their crimes ranging from theft to violent assault. Crimestoppers is encouraging the public to view the images and pass on any information they know.
Since its launch in 2005, Most Wanted has featured over 10,000 appeals resulting in over 2,600 arrests. The online hub receives around 35,000 views every month from the public and it is hoped this figure will further increase with the launch of the new section. In 2013 alone, 22 individuals local to Thames Valley were arrested.
The Unknowns Gallery will allow police and law enforcement users to upload images of individuals they require names for (often taken from e-fits or CCTV stills). With the gallery searchable by both crime type and location, this should make it easier for the public to put names to these faces without having to reveal their own identity.
Julia Hughes, Crimestoppers’ Regional Manager for Thames Valley, said: “Most Wanted has proved to be a hugely beneficial service for law enforcement agencies and the UK public over the last nine years in helping locate wanted suspects and convicted criminals. The Unknowns Gallery will help to build on this platform with a view to improving arrest rates in all areas of crime and ultimately help to make Thames Valley a safer place to live”.
Crimestoppers takes information on all crime anonymously via 0800 555 111 or through our anonymous online form found at www.crimestoppers-uk.org . Both routes are 100% anonymous – names are not taken, calls and IP addresses are not traced or recorded and people do not have to go to court.
Most Wanted, including the Unknowns Gallery, is fully optimised for all mobile devices so people can give information ‘on-the-move’.
Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has launched a new ‘Unknowns Gallery’ on its website www.crimestoppers-uk.org/unknownsuspects