July 14, 2010 11.30 am This story is over 162 months old

Crimestoppers aim campaign at city youths

Tackling crime: The Brayford will be the holding place for Crimestoppers’ all-new campaign, aimed at young people speaking out.

The Brayford will be host this week to a campaign to urge young people to speak out about anyone they know or have seen committing criminal damage or other crimes.

Charity Crimestoppers will be launching their new campaign, Gauge Your Behaviour! at Brayford Wharf North (pictured) on Friday, July 16 at 7pm.

Crimestoppers’ team of volunteers will be working alongside other groups for the first time, including Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service, and the City of Lincoln Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team, to provide a range of activities, information and help.

Volunteers will also meet young people to tell them that damaging people or property is a criminal offence. The whole campaign uses the message Your night out, Your city, Your call.

Sue Langley, Crimestoppers’ East Midlands Regional Manager, said: “Thankfully this type of criminal activity is not prolific but we want to make sure that young people who come into the city are aware of the need to keep a watch out for it.

“When the small minority of people do perform acts of criminal damage the results can be very personal and devastating to those affected, but young people have the chance to fight back if they call us.

“I urge them to call Crimestoppers anonymously if they have information about this, or any other, type of crime. We want to know what they know, not who they are.”

People in the East Midlands have so far reacted well to Crimestoppers’ presence. With their help, Crimestoppers received 6,833 actionable pieces of information last year. As the result of information given, 732 people were arrested and charged.

Crimestoppers is an anonymous service which has operated for 22 years as an independent charity – if you speak to Crimestoppers with information you will not have to go to court and could receive cash rewards for your help.

Source: City of Lincoln Council | Photo: Mandar Maranthe