Crimestoppers celebrates 25 years

Published 11 November 2013

Now in its 25th year, Crimestoppers UK has received over 1.4 million pieces of useful information which has led to over 120,000 arrests being made, more than £125 million of stolen goods being recovered and over £300 million of illegal drugs being seized.

Launched in 1988 by Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, the charity was founded following the murder of Police Officer Keith Blakelock, during the riots in London.

The purpose was to encourage members of the public with information on criminal activity to come forward anonymously, without the fear of their identity being revealed.

Crimestoppers have a phone number, 0800 555 111, that you can call anonymously 24/7 to pass on information about crime; alternatively people can send information anonymously via a form on their website. You don't have to give your name or any of your personal details. Crimestoppers do not trace calls or track IP addresses so any information you pass on can be do some in complete anonymity. You will never have to go to court or give a statement to the police. With Crimestoppers it’s what you know, not who you are.

In 2005 Crimestoppers launched Most Wanted, an online gallery allowing the public to view photos, watch CCTV footage and read descriptions of those wanted by law enforcement in their area. Over 2,400 individuals featured on Most Wanted have since been arrested and charged.

Another milestone was the launch of Fearless in 2010, which is the charity’s youth service for 11-16 year olds. Fearless educates and inform young people about crime and encourage them to pass on information anonymously.

For the last seven years Crimestoppers has also been at the forefront of locating UK fugitives through the launch of Operation Captura which seeks individuals wanted for serious crimes committed in the UK who are hiding in Spain. Working with the National Crime Agency and the Spanish authorities, Operation Captura has seen 53 out of 63 fugitives located.

Do you know somebody who is carrying out criminal activity, but fear the consequences of being identified as the person who reported them?

Maybe you've seen or heard something about a crime but don't know what to do. Are you scared to come forward and be a witness? You can provide information about a crime or criminal activity anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or via an online form at the Crimestoppers website.

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