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Callers to Crimestoppers catch hundreds of Swindon criminals

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ANONYMOUS do-gooders in the town helped catch hundreds of criminals with tip-offs to a national charity last year.

In total, last year Crimestoppers received 743 useable pieces of information from members of the public in Swindon and Wiltshire between the period April 2011 and March 2012.

Meanwhile, nationally the crime-fighting charity, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has said as a result of the 95,276 pieces of information it received in the same period a total of 8,097 people being arrested and charged.

Eagle-eyed and sharp-eared people have helped police collar a range of offenders, from vandals and burglars to murderers and rapists, as the most serious crimes often capture the public’s attention.

The charity received the most calls about drugs dealing acitivity, leading to 983 criminals being arrested and charged with drug manufacture, 1,079 with possession and 2,628 with drug trafficking.

Kieran Theivam, of Crimestoppers, said: “What this figure shows is that the people of Wiltshire are as serious about cutting crime in their community as we are.

“Without the 700 plus pieces of information that they provided, our job would be made all the more difficult, so I would thank them for having the trust in Crimestoppers to support our fight against crime.”

Wiltshire Police Superintendent Gavin Williams said: “Crimestoppers provides an invaluable service as it allows members of the public to leave information anonymously.

“We would always encourage witnesses to crimes or members of the public with information they think might help a police investigation to come forward and feel confident to do so.

“All information given to Wiltshire Police either through 999 or 101 and Crimestoppers is treated in the strictest confidence.

“Even the smallest piece of information might have a significant impact in helping us solve a crime.

“Anyone wishing to report a crime should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.”

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11:37am Sun 17 Feb 13

Brainy_G93 says...

Don't like the phrase "do gooders". It makes it sound like a bad thing!
Don't like the phrase "do gooders". It makes it sound like a bad thing! Brainy_G93
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2:06pm Sun 17 Feb 13

stu2010 says...

I've shopped dole bludgers in the past but they're still out there working cash in hand and sponging off the state
I've shopped dole bludgers in the past but they're still out there working cash in hand and sponging off the state stu2010
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2:31pm Sun 17 Feb 13

dukeofM4 says...

8097 / 95276 is only 8%. It's almost certain the conviction rate is much less. Therefore it's obviously the vast majority of the information couldn't connect a name or insufficient evidence for the CPS to prosecute.

So if the conviction rate is 1% the odds are 100 to 1 in favour of the criminal.

I wonder how BBC's Crimewatch fares in the statistics?
8097 / 95276 is only 8%. It's almost certain the conviction rate is much less. Therefore it's obviously the vast majority of the information couldn't connect a name or insufficient evidence for the CPS to prosecute. So if the conviction rate is 1% the odds are 100 to 1 in favour of the criminal. I wonder how BBC's Crimewatch fares in the statistics? dukeofM4
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2:39pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Tim Newroman says...

stu2010 wrote:
I've shopped dole bludgers in the past but they're still out there working cash in hand and sponging off the state
This is the fundamental problem.

It's all very well people contacting Crimestoppers and it's all very well the police arresting some criminals and getting them into a courtroom... but it all becomes entirely pointless when convicted criminals are then let off and returned out into the general populace to continue committing their crimes.

A move to a 'Three Strikes' rule is long overdue in this country. Only in the last week or two have we read of the massive increase in police 'cautions' (ie, no punishment whatsoever) given for fairly serious crimes to repeat criminals with criminal records into double figures. It's completely ludicrous, not to mention dangerous and irresponsible.

Virtually all very serious crimes in this country are committed by known criminals with lengthy records who, quite often, should actually have been in prison at the time of their latest offences. Of course, most of these criminals have already been through many years of the most developed 'rehabilitation' programmes our 'experts' have yet devised, just prior to committing their latest crimes.

It doesn't work.
[quote][p][bold]stu2010[/bold] wrote: I've shopped dole bludgers in the past but they're still out there working cash in hand and sponging off the state[/p][/quote]This is the fundamental problem. [p] It's all very well people contacting Crimestoppers and it's all very well the police arresting some criminals and getting them into a courtroom... but it all becomes entirely pointless when convicted criminals are then let off and returned out into the general populace to continue committing their crimes. [p] A move to a 'Three Strikes' rule is long overdue in this country. Only in the last week or two have we read of the massive increase in police 'cautions' (ie, no punishment whatsoever) given for fairly serious crimes to repeat criminals with criminal records into double figures. It's completely ludicrous, not to mention dangerous and irresponsible. [p] Virtually all very serious crimes in this country are committed by known criminals with lengthy records who, quite often, should actually have been in prison at the time of their latest offences. Of course, most of these criminals have already been through many years of the most developed 'rehabilitation' programmes our 'experts' have yet devised, just prior to committing their latest crimes. [p] It doesn't work. Tim Newroman
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7:14pm Sun 17 Feb 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

I agree with Brainy_G93, the use of the term do gooders makes it seem like a negative thing to be done when in reality it should be part of being a citizen.

The criminal justice system is very broken in this country and until punishments are severe enough to act as a deterrent its going to get worse.
I agree with Brainy_G93, the use of the term do gooders makes it seem like a negative thing to be done when in reality it should be part of being a citizen. The criminal justice system is very broken in this country and until punishments are severe enough to act as a deterrent its going to get worse. LordAshOfTheBrake
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7:24pm Sun 17 Feb 13

MrAngry says...

Brainy_G93 wrote:
Don't like the phrase "do gooders". It makes it sound like a bad thing!
Agree. It implies interfering busy bodies.
[quote][p][bold]Brainy_G93[/bold] wrote: Don't like the phrase "do gooders". It makes it sound like a bad thing![/p][/quote]Agree. It implies interfering busy bodies. MrAngry
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7:41pm Sun 17 Feb 13

MrAngry says...

Am I correct in thinking that hunting foxes with dogs is still illegal?

I was almost involved in a traffic accident just outside Coleshill last week. As I crossed the bridge out of the village about 12 dogs burst through a hedge on to the road right in front of me. Luckily, I had seen the fox run across the road a few moments earlier and had slowed right down.

The 4 d*ckheads on horseback didn't seem overly concerned. Big tw*t with a grey moustache thanked me for pointing out how dangerous it was.
Am I correct in thinking that hunting foxes with dogs is still illegal? I was almost involved in a traffic accident just outside Coleshill last week. As I crossed the bridge out of the village about 12 dogs burst through a hedge on to the road right in front of me. Luckily, I had seen the fox run across the road a few moments earlier and had slowed right down. The 4 d*ckheads on horseback didn't seem overly concerned. Big tw*t with a grey moustache thanked me for pointing out how dangerous it was. MrAngry
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9:38am Mon 18 Feb 13

MissO says...

Mr Angry - yes it is illegal but like so many laws in this country they are not monitored correctly and penalties not given. The only people that make life difficult for these savages on horseback is the hunt saborters - they follow hunts and ruin their fun, but this should be the police!! absolutely disgusting.

Also - some people are 'protected' they can be reported over and over and still be dealing from their homes - I can only assume its due to them being an informant for the bigger guys!!
Mr Angry - yes it is illegal but like so many laws in this country they are not monitored correctly and penalties not given. The only people that make life difficult for these savages on horseback is the hunt saborters - they follow hunts and ruin their fun, but this should be the police!! absolutely disgusting. Also - some people are 'protected' they can be reported over and over and still be dealing from their homes - I can only assume its due to them being an informant for the bigger guys!! MissO
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9:39am Mon 18 Feb 13

MissO says...

p.s - ADVER do-gooders? really?
p.s - ADVER do-gooders? really? MissO
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