The National crime fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering rewards to Rugeley people to help rid the town of drug dealers and other criminals.
The new campaign is in response to a recent survey where locals wanted to see more help to ridding the streets of drug dealers. It aims to inform locals that if they don’t want to talk to police, then they can call the charity about criminals and crimes and remain completely anonymous. That means they will not need to go to court, or write a statement or ‘get involved’ in any way.
Pauline Hadley, Regional Manager of the Charity said: “Crimestoppers goes to great lengths to guarantee the anonymity and safety of callers. No one can find out who has called. If someone rings 0800 555 111 by landline or a major mobile network it will not even be recorded on their bill.
“The other great thing is that if the information we receive leads to someone being charged, not even convicted in court, then the caller is entitled to a reward. The cash is paid out using codewords and banks to further ensure that their identity is not revealed.
“Of the 90,000 calls received by Crimestoppers last year, 2400 have been from Staffordshire they lead to 78 people being arrested.About 50 people a month ring us about criminals in and around Rugeley.”
The campaign includes postcards delivered to houses with the message ‘drug dealers can no longer hide in Rugeley’. Posters and leaflets are also available in the town’s library and benefits office.
For over two decades Crimestoppers has received telephone calls to 0800 555 111, or online information through www.crimestoppers-uk.org, from Rugeley people and the rest of the UK, leading overall to:
21 people currently being arrested and charged every day
887 people being charged with murder/attempted murder since 1988
Over £189 million of drugs being seized and the recovery of over £112 million of goods.
Last year (2009/10) was Crimestoppers’ most successful with 7,474 arrests and charges being made, over 2,000 higher than ten years ago.
Information courtesy of Crimestoppers Pauline Hadley. For more information call 07743 895 643 or email Pauline.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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