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Crimestoppers Awareness

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An awareness campaign to increase community intelligence about crime has been launched by Avon and Somerset Police and the 0800 crime reporting charity Crimestoppers.

The campaign will run throughout Chard, Crewkerne and Ilminster for several weeks and aims to increase knowledge of the Crimestoppers charity and what service it can offer in the fight against crime.<br><br>Information provided to Crimestoppers can make a real difference to police investigations. Between April and October there were a total of 193 reports to Crimestoppers across the Somerset East policing district. This has resulted in 23 arrests and 41 crimes being detected.<br><br>In one month, July, a total of 40 reports were received leading to 10 arrests and 20 crimes being detected.<br><br>Crimestoppers is for people who want to provide information about crime without being identified. Callers are not asked for a name or phone number, calls are not recorded and will not be traced. Information will be passed to the police but nothing which may identify the caller will be included.<br><br>In the coming weeks, Crimestoppers posters will be appearing in all three towns. Neighbourhood policing teams will be talking to residents about Crimestoppers at beat surgeries and PACT meetings and will be including it in future school talks to introduce Crimestoppers to pupils.<br><br>Showing the value of Crimestoppers, a suspect was arrested within the Avon and Somerset area after someone identified a suspected shoplifter from a CCTV image published on the Crimestoppers website. Within two hours of the information being submitted a warrant was executed and the suspect was arrested and the stolen property recovered.<br><br>On another occasion, a suspect being interviewed admitted a further offence of theft, having seen himself on a Crimestoppers appeal for identification circulated via the website.<br><br>About awareness <br><br>PCSO Ben Samways said: "We always welcome people coming forward and reporting crime directly to the police. However, we recognise that some people will want to help us solve crime without getting involved and Crimestoppers provides a valuable, anonymous alternative.<br><br>"The public provide us with thousands of additional eyes and ears and can have valuable information about people committing crime. We are particularly keen to hear from people with information about the crimes that most matter to our residents. These include rural crime, the supply and abuse of drugs and anti-social use of motor vehicles. If anyone has information I would urge them to get in touch."<br><br>Gordon Chisholm from West Country Crimestoppers added: "Local people often know who is committing crime in their area but for whatever reason they may be reluctant to come forward with that information. Crimestoppers is not part of the police, it is a charity that has been running for 22 years helping people to give information about crime anonymously which we pass onto the police at no risk to the caller."<br><br>If you have information about crime in your area you can contact Avon and Somerset Police on 0845 456 7000. If you would prefer to remain anonymous you should contact Crimestoppers by phone on 0800 555111 or through a secure online form at –

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