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Ford thanks Crimestoppers for making Northern Ireland safer

Since it was established in Northern Ireland, calls to Crimestoppers have led to nearly 2000 arrests and charges, Justice Minister David Ford has announced.
Friday, 23 November 2012

Crimestoppers continues to make a valuable contribution towards tackling crime and helping to make Northern Ireland a safer place to live, work and visit.

Minister of Justice David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

Information to Crimestoppers, which was established in Northern Ireland in 1996, has also resulted in the seizure of over £4 million worth of drugs and recovery of nearly £2 million of stolen property.

Speaking at an annual fundraising event for the charity last night in Belfast, the Minister thanked Crimestoppers for the significant role it plays in fighting crime in Northern Ireland and making our community safer.  

David Ford said: “Crimestoppers continues to make a valuable contribution towards tackling crime and helping to make Northern Ireland a safer place to live, work and visit.

“The information that the police need to tackle crime lies within the community.  A call to Crimestoppers, with any information, no matter how big or small, could lead to a crime being solved.

“We have seen the impact that a call to Crimestoppers can have through the number of arrests made, the quantity of illegal drugs taken off our streets and the recovery of stolen property.

“I would encourage anyone with information about a crime to call Crimestoppers or the PSNI to tell them what they know as we all work to make our community safer.”

Although partially funded by the Department of Justice, Crimestoppers is an independent charity.  It is built on the foundation of anonymity.  Callers are not asked for their name, calls are not recorded or traced and callers will not have to give evidence in court.

Speaking about the fundraising event, David Ford said: “This event is about raising the profile of Crimestoppers as a charity as well as recognising the opportunity for the business sector to work more closely with Crimestoppers.”

Anyone who wishes to report crime anonymously can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or log on to www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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