Monopoly board showing the 'go to jail' square
04 Dec 2018

Eye on crime!

Martin Welch Area Manufacturing Manager Road

My volunteering journey with CrimeStoppers started 10 years ago when I was asked to join the Humberside CrimeStoppers board. At the time, I thought to myself "could I give the time and commitment needed?" as I was on a number of other committees such as road safety partnerships. Well, I joined the board and have never looked back!

As I’m now Chairman, something I never expected, I’ve been reflecting with pride on the campaigns we’ve run and am now looking forward to the ones on their way. During the coming months, I’ll be visiting local groups and speaking with members of the road policing unit and beat officers so we can continue to understand the issues experienced within the Humberside force area. We reflect these issues in our campaigns and have covered topics such as metal theft, exploitation of others and Operation Yali, which tries to stop supply of drugs, guns and other items coming into the area via our ports.

With a lot of people going to university for the first time and the risks associated with this, we’ve also provided a lot of material for freshers’ week at Hull University, which was issued by our partners at Humberside Fire & Rescue Services.

So who are we?

CrimeStoppers is an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up and stop crime – 100% anonymously. What we’ve achieved so far is impressive:

  • More than 140,000 suspects arrested
  • Over £140m worth of goods recovered
  • More than £340m worth of drugs seized

We believe everyone has the right to feel safe from crime. Whoever you are, wherever you live, from communities to companies. If you have any information you want to share, you can contact us by phone on 0800 555 111 and online, 24/7, 365 days a year where you can submit your information anonymously.

We also share advice on how to protect the people you care about from crime, so everyone can feel safe.

Our success

Thanks to the information we receive, around 10 suspects are arrested every day. And 17% of the information we pass on helps the police deliver a positive outcome, whether it's arresting a suspect or preventing a crime.


We pay cash rewards of up to £1,000 if the information you give to us leads to a positive result i.e.

  • One or more people being arrested and charged
  • It's of significant use to law enforcement agencies

Our history

Our purpose has been the same since we were founded by Michael Ashcroft (now Lord Ashcroft) and his colleagues. They wanted a way for people to come forward anonymously with information about the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during the 1985 London riots. The police said someone knew who was responsible for the murder but was afraid to come forward.

Today we’re regularly contacted by people who are vulnerable, scared or afraid of the consequences of sharing what they know. We are, and always have been, inclusive: we don’t judge – we’re here for everyone who needs us.

We're proud of our history. We've listened to millions of people over the years; our international appeals have resulted in over 140,000 arrests. When people contact us, positive things happen –we create a way for people to protect their families, friends and communities, anonymously.

We care about those who contact us and we’re dedicated to giving a voice to anyone who finds it difficult to speak out publicly. We understand life isn’t always black and white and, to help us improve our services, we're committed to asking the difficult questions. What shapes someone's behaviour? Their choices? We’re still learning, but we’re determined that everyone who wants to tell us about a crime can do so easily, securely and anonymously.

We guarantee:

  • you will not be asked to reveal your name or any personal details
  • we will listen to any information you have on a crime
  • your call will not be recorded
  • we have no caller line display, no 1471 facility and have never traced a call
  • online reports have the same level of anonymity as phone calls
  • our specially trained call agents will support you through the process and make sure your report contains no information that could identify you
  • we do not make a note of gender, accents, apparent age or ethnicity of any caller
  • even if you give personal details, they will not be recorded and we will pass information to the relevant authority without revealing your identity

The only person who knows you contacted us with information is you. And your information can make a real difference. We’re not the police, your information will not lead to witness statements or court appearances.

Every year we stop thousands of crimes. I’m passionate about helping the work we’re doing at CrimeStoppers but we can’t do it without your support. Let’s help make communities safer together.

If you wish to find more about CrimeStoppers, please get in touch.


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