The independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is launching a campaign alongside Cleveland Police to encourage Cleveland residents to give information about burglars, burglaries or stolen goods - and they could even receive a cash reward.
John Smith, North Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “Those that do not want to speak with Cleveland Police on 101 can use the Crimestoppers 24-hour phone number of 0800 555 111 where they can give information about crime anonymously. Information can also be given online via an anonymous reporting page.
“People often ask me why someone would not contact police if they know about a burglary or someone handling stolen goods. Sometimes, the offer of a reward can bring someone forward, but generally it’s the sense of wanting to make their community safer without having to reveal their identity.
“If a criminal is operating on a particular street it can be a real concern if the criminal could find out that information regarding them has been passed on – Crimestoppers removes that concern and gives people peace of mind.”
Crimestoppers plays a significant part in the fight against crime. Around 1,000 people contact the charity every day to put their trust in them with information about crime. This leads to 22 arrests being made by police per day as result of that information.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “Victims of burglary can be left traumatised. It’s not just about losing possessions, it can also rob people of feeling safe in their own home. People should be able to feel secure and confident in their own homes. Calling police or Crimestoppers can reassure people that they can pass on information anonymously and the information will be acted upon.”
PCC Barry Coppinger with Adam Smith, Kieron Wilson and Liam Sykes
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Downes said: “We are doing everything that we possibly can to tackle burglary and reduce the number of victims. We would like to gather as much information as possible on the people carrying out these intrusive crimes so that we can drive down the number of victims and bring burglars to justice.”
John Smith for Crimestoppers added: “Victims of burglary not only suffer a loss of property, but experience deep emotional impact as often the thieves steal pieces that have a strong emotional and irreplaceable link with the home owner, often from loved ones who may have passed away.
“This initiative is intended to identify those who commit this appalling crime and bring them to justice. Anyone with important information should contact Crimestoppers anonymously. They can be safe in the knowledge that their anonymity will be protected.
“I hope that the whole community can unite to help Cleveland Police arrest these criminals and save more people from the dreadful experience of becoming a victim of crime.”
Members of the public are eligible to claim a reward of up to £1000 if their information given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 leads to a successful arrest and charge. They can also complete an anonymous online form but rewards cannot be claimed this way.
Posted on Tuesday 9th June 2015