May 17, 2011 3.48 pm This story is over 150 months old

Crimestoppers report 42% more convictions

Improvement: More people are picking up the phone to Crimestoppers, the charity has reported.

Crimestoppers in Lincolnshire has seen a 42% increase in arrests and charges over the last year, as more locals use the service.

The charity saw the increase in locals informing it anonymously of any information they had on crime between March 2010 and April 2011.

Chairman of Lincolnshire Crimestoppers Paul Elliott said: “A huge thank you must go to the people of Lincolnshire for using 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 community a safer place to live.”

In the past year, Crimestoppers has led big campaigns such as Gauge your Behaviour, which aimed to lower the amount of criminal damage caused by alcohol.

Nationally, while actable information given by callers only increased by one percent, the amount of people arrested thanks to the charity rose by 10%.

Elliott added: “I’d like to reassure the public that our service is completely anonymous and in the 23 years that the charity’s been running no one has ever been identified.

“The service is run for 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.”

Crimestoppers can be contacted by its 24/7 number 0800 555 111 anonymously, or information can be given via their website.

Source: City of Lincoln Council