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The Crimestoppers Mission, Is to Create an Alliance to Fight Crime.

Crimestoppers is an independent UK charity which aims to stop crime. They work for you and your family and the community at large.

Crimestoppers UK functions countrywide to help with crime prevention, identify offenders and assist the police to solve and reduce crime in the UK.

This vital community service enables any person with knowledge of criminal activity to pass on details anonymously, without fear of exposure or retribution.

The crimestoppers concept was born in New Mexico USA, where it proved very successful in persuading the public to report information about criminal activity by guaranteeing their anonymity.

The idea was first adopted in the UK by a number of towns and cities operating independently.

However, The Community Action Trust charity, had earlier been formed by several businessmen presided over by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, to find ways to encourage the public to assist the police, in solving serious crime. So The Crimestoppers Scheme was selected by the charity as a proven solution and businessmen donated £500,000 to start the project.

The Mission “Is to create an alliance to fight crime. The objectives are:-

  • The promotion and encouragement of good citizenship and greater public participation in the prevention and solution of crime.
  • The advancement, promotion and preservation of public law and order.
  • The advancement and promotion of efficient policing.
  • The furtherance and administration of justice.”

The Metropolitan Police introduced the first crimestoppers police scheme in 1988 and it has since spread to all the police forces in the UK.

Giving Information On Crime By calling you can pass on information about crime,anonymously.

Call 0800 555 111

On calling you will be connected to a highly trained and experienced call operator, who will pass on any useful information to the relevant authorities.

The operation’s chief responsibility is, to ensure that any information about crime reaches the police or other relevant authority. Callers won’t be asked for their name, nor to make a formal statement or to give evidence in court.

However detailed questions will be asked about the information given.Most importantly, since their identity is not known, they need not fear any reprisals.

If your information leads to an arrest and charge, you may receive a cash reward, which is also paid in a way that continues to protect your identity.

Contact by E-mail or Online The organization is not able to accept information in any electronic format at the moment, so don’t email them as they cannot handle it and valuable information may be lost.

The reason for this is that they are uncertain if contact via e-mail, or online to pass on information may reveal your identity. They refuse to compromise the anonymity of the scheme.IT companies are now trying to develop ways of communicating information securely online and details will be available soon.

Contact by Mobile Phone The operation can accept calls from mobile phones anonymously, however be aware that mobile networks may not provide this service for free; consult your provider about their policy on this. The number will also appear in the ‘call register’ on your phone and in your detailed account, which could reveal to someone that you contacted Crimestoppers.

Text messages or photographs taken on your mobile phone are not acceptable, again in case valuable information is lost or your anonymity is compromised.

Remember Crimestoppers is not an emergency service and if you see a crime taking place, or if you are a victim, you should ring 999 to report it immediately.

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