PCC Sue Mountstevens with Crimestoppers' West Country Area Manager Gordon Chisholm
Avon & Somerset Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens joined members of West Country Crimestoppers this morning at Lawrence Hill Bus Depot to say ‘thank you’ to the residents of Bristol for the anonymous information and support they have shown the crime-fighting charity over the last 25 years.
To celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary bus tickets were cut by the PCC to recognise the 1.2 million bus tickets issued in the last two weeks, all of which containing Crimestoppers messaging on the back to reinforce its independence from the police and to highlight the anonymous service to the people of Bristol.
The event and bus ticket messaging is all part of the charity’s ‘Our Big Thank You’ campaign, which is being launched at various times across the UK and is designed to highlight the charity’s vital role in fighting crime, while thanking those who have played their part.
This launch plays a part in the overall Crimestoppers campaign which is biggest campaign to date and commemorates the charity’s 25th anniversary.
Every day, 1,000 people contact Crimestoppers, because they care about their area and want to help make it a safer place to live. Crimestoppers believes passionately that no-one should live with crime or the fear of crime and later this year we’ll be asking the general public about what we can do together to achieve this vision.
While Crimestoppers continues to progress and achieve these results, the important role the public has played, cannot be underestimated. Since the charity’s formation, 124,000 people have been arrested and charged thanks to Crimestoppers information, while over 2,500 people have been located from the charity’s Most Wanted website.
We will ask members of the public to ‘Become a Crimestopper’. Whether by donating much needed funds, becoming a volunteer or helping us spread our message; we want ‘Crimestoppers’ to be at the forefront of fighting crime and help communities to stay safe.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “This is another fantastic initiative from Crimestoppers in the 25th anniversary year. I fully support anything that helps raise awareness of how people can anonymously pass on information about crimes.
“Putting information on the back of bus a ticket is great way of reaching out to local people and encouraging them to make contact and play their part in reducing crime in Bristol. Crimestoppers do an excellent job in supporting the police service and make a real difference to tackling crime and improving our communities.”
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Crimestoppers, by running an anonymous service for people to report crimes and anti-social behaviour anonymously, has provided a highly effective system which has helped in the drive down of criminal activity that we are seeing in Bristol. They have received support from many Bristol people and are using these tickets to thank us and highlight their service. I in turn would like thank Crimestoppers and offer my support to the valuable work that they do.”
Gordon Chisholm, Crimestoppers’ West Country Area Manager, (pictured with Sue Mountstevens) said: “I could not be more pleased with the support the people of Bristol have given to Crimestoppers and I am proud of the trust and faith they have shown in us over the last 25 years.
“There is still plenty of work to be done, however, and while we want to thank everyone who has picked up the phone or logged onto our website, we need them to continue being crime-fighters by passing us anonymous information about incidents in the area. We are an independent charity and not part of the police and I can promise you, nobody will ever know you spoke to us.”
If you have information about crime, do as so many have over the last 25 years, and contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit our new website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
To join in the discussion use the hashtag #Ourbigthankyou on Twitter and Facebook.
Posted on Wednesday 16th October 2013