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11 June 2012, 11:58
People living in Norfolk and Suffolk have been praised for their contribution in helping to combat crime.
Figures released by the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers show they received a substantial increase in calls across the two counties in the last year.
The independent charity helps local police forces with investigations by allowing people to call and leave information anonymously.
Norfolk Crimestoppers reported an increase of five percent in calls with 660 pieces of information being passed to police, while Suffolk Crimestoppers saw an impressive increase of nearly 70 percent.
Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager said: “I’m delighted with the amount of calls received this year. Suffolk is one of the safest counties in the UK but unfortunately crime does still occur.”
The calls were recorded between April 2011 and March 2012 and were a direct comparison on the previous years figures.
Various campaigns have been launched in the county over the last year to help bring wanted criminals to justice, with local volunteers playing an integral role in engaging with local communities and finding out which crimes are affecting them. Suffolk Crimestoppers this year have launched a burglary campaign with batman in Lowestoft and have done numerous Fearless events in local schools to promote the Crimestoppers youth brand. They have also offered several rewards, including a reward of up to £3,000 for information about an Ipswich armed robbery.
Across the UK, information passed onto the police by Crimestoppers increased by almost five per cent. Around 23 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
Anybody with any information relating to a crime can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or fill out the secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org