News : Crime-fighting Charity Getting More Tip-offs Than Ever Before
Devon and Cornwall, UK, May, 2017 -- More people than ever are ringing crime-fighting hotline to pass on anonymous tips about drug-dealing crooks.
Calls to Crimestoppers in Devon and Cornwall have increased by more than 25 per cent over the past year.
The independent charity runs a UK contact centre, staffed by professionals who guarantee all callers or those who use the non-traceable online form remain completely anonymous.
Charity bosses say last year the total number of pieces of information about crime in Devon and Cornwall received by Crimestoppers rose from 2,197 to 2,984.
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The largest share of information related to drug offences and trafficking.
There was also a rise in the number of people using the non-traceable online form.
Last year the charity received 1,147 contacts online and 993 verbally, compared to 848 and 851 respectively in the previous year.
Mike Fowkes, chairman of Devon and Cornwall Crimestoppers, said: "This is a fantastic result for Crimestoppers in Devon and Cornwall.
"As an independent charity, we play a vital role in helping to make our communities safer.
"Those who, for whatever reason, feel uncomfortable talking to the police, can speak up about crime whilst remaining totally anonymous.
"These figures show that more and more people are turning to Crimestoppers, especially online, to help tackle crime in our communities."
To report crime, call the national contact centre on 0800 555 111 or use the non-traceable online reporting form online.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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