OVER the last 12 months, independent charity Crimestoppers has received a record number of reports from the public across West Mercia and Warwickshire, as people speak up to help make their communities safer.
From April 2016 to March 2017, the Crimestoppers’ UK Contact Centre – which is staffed by professionals – handled more 2,200 reports from people living in the West Mercia Police area – a 28 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
The figures for Warwickshire showed Crimestoppers took more than 1,000 reports – a 25 per cent increase.
Crimestoppers encourages people to pass on information about crime 100 per cent anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using their non-traceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org
Pauline Hadley, West Midlands manager for Crimestoppers charity, said: “This is an impressive increase that shows how are putting their trust in our charity as a way to pass on crime information whilst remaining 100 per cent anonymous.
“Often people are too scared or concerned to speak directly to the police, despite holding the key in terms of crime information. Our guarantee of anonymity means they can pass on information without fearing consequences. Their identity will never be known.”
The highest number of reports received by Crimestoppers from people in the two areas over the past year related to drugs, drunk or disqualified drivers, possession of weapons and sexual offences.