10 ways Crimestoppers helps to protect the community

Offering an anonymous service throughout Gloucestershire and the UK, Crimestoppers is a charity dedicated to solving and preventing offences, with SoGlos discovering 10 invaluable ways it helps to protect the community.

Nationwide charity, Crimestoppers, provides a vital support for the community through its service that offers members of the public the ability to anonymously report crimes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For incidents where people cannot – or are too scared to – go to the police, Crimestoppers allows information to be given by phone or online, which cannot be traced, with no instruction to go to court or give a statement.

Ranging from drugs and drink drivers, to violence, burglary and theft, Crimestoppers helps to solve and prevent thousands of crimes. In Gloucestershire alone, more than 18,000 pieces of information have been passed on to the police, and more than 1,300 arrests and charges have been made over the past two decades.

From the promise of anonymity to a safer environment for residents of Gloucestershire and beyond, SoGlos has found 10 ways in which Crimestoppers helps to protect the community.

For more information visit crimestoppers-uk.org directly.

1. Anonymity guaranteed


Sure to give the caller peace of mind, information given to Crimestoppers via phone or online cannot be traced, with the charity ensuring that no one will know who called. What’s more, the person will not have to give a statement or appear in court.

With fear of becoming involved in the crime and the potential repercussions causing anxiety for innocent bystanders, Crimestoppers’ research has revealed that its promise for anonymity is overwhelmingly important.

2. Round-the-clock service


Crimestoppers is open 24/7 and 365 days of the year, meaning whatever the time of the day, or night, members of the public can get in touch by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting the website via via crimestoppers-uk.org, with the round-the-clock service offering immediate comfort, help and advice.

3. Solving and prevention of crime


A nationwide impact report has revealed that in one year, Crimestoppers helped to prevent or solve more than 16,000 crimes, thanks to interaction with members of the public across social media, promotional campaigns, the offer of rewards and the hard work of volunteers, as well as people giving information to act against crime.

4. Get help whatever the problem


Whether it’s information about a crime that has been committed or the perpetrator, the type of incidents which Crimestoppers help with range from drink drivers, drugs and sexual abuse, to theft, burglary, and violent crimes such as murder.

Information is key for Crimestoppers to help the community and increase safety, as the charity is not able to support the victims.

5. Keeping the community safe


Aside from taking information from members of the public, Crimestoppers can help to protect the community via its knock-on effect. For example, the charity’s service can deter potential perpetrators from ever committing a crime; encourage communication within friends and family; and increase motivation to get in touch thanks to its anonymity.

6. No language barrier


With Crimestoppers able to translate into 146 languages on request, there’s no need to panic about a language barrier when getting in touch. Even better, if the thought of phoning causes any anxiety, there’s the online service, with figures showing that more crime information is being submitted via crimestoppers-uk.org than ever before.

7. Protecting the vulnerable


Protecting people who are alone, elderly and less able to help themselves, Crimestoppers is dedicated to providing aid for those who are the most vulnerable, giving them the chance to stand up against crime and criminals.

8. No police


A common misconception is that calling Crimestoppers is the same as calling the police. This simply isn’t the case, and surveys show that the majority of calls to Crimestoppers were by people who didn’t want to speak to the police, for fear of getting involved and having to attend a court case.

9. Fewer victims


While it may be pointing out the obvious, a lower rate of crimes consequently means fewer victims of crime – whether it’s domestic violence, drug dealing, theft, or a crash caused by a drunk driver, the more information given to Crimestoppers, the safer the community.

10. Youth services


Crimestoppers’ charity youth brand, Fearless, is dedicated to providing information and advice about crime and criminality to the younger generation, in addition to also offering an anonymous service with 24/7 help, 365 days a year.

What’s more, Gloucestershire is also fortunate enough to have its own youth worker who delivers a Fearless from Knife Crime prevention session to Year 8 secondary school students.

For more information visit crimestoppers-uk.org directly.

By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Monday 13 February 2017

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