Strathclyde Crimestoppers has more than doubled the amount of arrests and charges across West Central Scotland to 313 as a result of information received over the last year - April 2010 to March 2011.
Alan Fraser, Chair of the charity’s volunteer Strathclyde Crimestoppers committee said: “I am delighted that the people across the region have used the charity to pass on information about crime. We’re extremely proud that Crimestoppers continues to play such a vital role in helping to make our local communities a safer place to live.
“I’d like to reassure the public that our service is completely anonymous and in the 23 years that the charity has been running no one has ever been identified. The service is run for you, the public, to help make your community a safer place to live. We’re not part of the Police or government, we’re an independent charity, so by contacting us you’ll never have to give a statement to the Police or go to court.”
A number of local campaigns have been run over the last year from Lanarkshire to Argyll and from Ayrshire to Glasgow and beyond which has contributed to this rise. In addition, national campaigns, such as cannabis cultivation and counterfeit goods have impacted across Scotland.
This impressive rise shows that the quality of information Crimestoppers has received during the past year has been of a very high quality, achieved with only a five per cent increase in information. The arrests were for a number of different crime types from violent crimes to drug offences, drink driving housebreaking and fraud and included ten wanted persons and fugitives.
Crimestoppers operates the 24/7 0800 555 111 telephone number for people to pass on information about crimes anonymously. Information can also be passed via the charity’s website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.