Bus campaign to help fight against crime

Crimestoppers is launching a campaign in Kettering
Crimestoppers is launching a campaign in Kettering

Commuters in the Kettering area are being asked to help play a part in helping to keep their community safe.

Crimestoppers, the independent crime-fighting charity, is launching a four-week campaign aimed at getting people to think about criminal activity in their area.

For four weeks from mid-November onwards, bus tickets in the area will have a message on them encouraging members of the public to contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information on crime and criminals.

It is hoped that the campaign, orchestrated by the Northamptonshire Volunteer Committee, will raise awareness of the charity and the service they provide.

It will also be the first major campaign for the new Northamptonshire committee chairman, James Shepherd Cross.

James, the former High Sheriff of Nottingham, said: “I look forward to working in partnership with Northamptonshire Police and the Police Crime Commissioner to make the county a safer place to live.

“As part of this, I am asking the people of Kettering to do their bit and help keep their community safe.

“Crimestoppers gives people the opportunity to give information about crime and criminals anonymously, this means that no-one will ever be asked their name, be expected to give a statement or have to go to court.”

Between April and September this year, Crimestoppers received 440 pieces of information from people living in Northamptonshire.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Crimestoppers works at a grassroots level across the UK helping to fight crime in local communities.

“Its volunteer network is integral to this, working with local law enforcement agencies, businesses and other charities, to launch campaigns and events, helping make communities safer places to live.”

Crimestoppers operates the telephone number 0800 555 111, manned for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously.

People can also use the ‘giving information’ form via www.crimestoppers-uk.org which is optimised for use via mobile devices.

Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 1.5 million pieces of actionable information, resulting in over 128,000 arrests and charges.

More than £127 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £317 million worth of drugs seized.