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Giving information on crime just got easier with Crimestoppers

Gloucestershire residents can pass on information to a crime-fighting charity in seconds while on the go thanks to a new mobile phone website. Crimestoppers runs a free anonymous service for the public to provide information about crimes.

The independent crime-fighting charity launched the mobile-friendly version of its service after its website proved a hit. It has been specially produced to load quickly on mobile phones.

The site allows users to access the charity’s secure online form which has been optimised for mobile devices. More than 40 per cent of all information being passed to Crimestoppers comes in via the anonymous online form on the charity’s website.

The charity is also launching a similar site for its youth brand ‘Fearless,’ which is aimed at 11-16-year-olds, and allows them to pass on information about crime in the same way. With events such as the London disorder generating a huge amount of information for the charity, this new site will allow the public to give information ‘on the go’. Once again, their anonymity is guaranteed.

Gloucestershire Crimestoppers’ Chairman, Jonathan Carr, said: “This is a huge step forward for Crimestoppers in making our site more accessible for those that want to pass on information about crime, whether at home or out and about.

One of the reasons people contact Crimestoppers is the guarantee that their anonymity will not be compromised, and this new site continues that promise, while allowing them to pass on information almost anywhere.

“I would encourage anyone with information about crime to visit the site and fill out the secure form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org – it only takes a few minutes and it could contribute to making your community safer.”

Crimestoppers takes information about all crime and can be contacted through our new mobile site, through your computer online, or via our anonymous 0800 555 111 number. Whichever form of communication you choose, your anonymity is guaranteed.

Crimestoppers join fight against human trafficking by tackling forced labour exploitation

Crime fighting charity Crimestoppers is today launching a campaign to fight human trafficking by encouraging the UK public to pass on information about forced labour exploitation anonymously.

The campaign is being launched with a hard-hitting video, where viewers experience the harrowing story of one young victim as she is thrust into a world completely different from the one she and many other trafficked individuals, are promised. Viewers are presented with clickable choices throughout the video as to whether they decide to help her by passing on information anonymously to Crimestoppers.

To watch the video visit our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR78_D3dR5E
If you are using an iPhone or tablet, please use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C9VwiCP2bQ

Human trafficking is a complex and hidden crime, and therefore the true scale of it, both within the UK and globally, is difficult to determine. It’s one of the most profitable crimes worldwide, second only to drugs, with an annual trade value of around $32 billion. It is estimated there are nearly 21 million victims of forced labour, including forced sexual exploitation, trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and they cannot leave*.

Working alongside the UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) the campaign, also supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), is being launched to raise awareness of human trafficking for the purposes of forced labour and domestic servitude, and encourages the public to pass on any information they might have about those committing this serious crime.

Results of a recent poll across the centre and Western areas of England, as well as Wales, indicates that only 23 per cent of people see human trafficking as a widespread problem, with just under three per cent feeling ‘very able’ to identify the crime.

The survey also revealed that almost 70 per cent of people questioned believed that Human Trafficking was another form of people smuggling, which is not the case.

The signs of forced labour exploitation are not always clear or easy to identify, which is supported up by the poll that reveals over a third of people would be unable to spot the signs. However, over 90 per cent of people said they would pass on information about the crime, should they know what to look for.

Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, said: “Human trafficking for the purposes of forced labour is a crime that the public find difficult to identify, which makes it incredibly challenging for the authorities to clamp down on those who are committing these serious offences.

“This is why, for the first time, Crimestoppers and UKHTC is launching this campaign to help you ‘read the signs’ and encourage you to pass on information you might have to the charity, anonymously.

“Help us mark our 25th anniversary year by telling us what you know and help bring these criminals to justice.”

 

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Liam Vernon, Deputy Head of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, said: “Human trafficking is an appalling crime that has devastating effects on its victims who are often the most vulnerable people in our society. Since 2009, over 1,000 men, women and children have been referred to the centre as potential victims of trafficking for labour exploitation.

“The victims we know about were being forced to work in private houses as well as the hospitality, farming, manufacturing and construction industries. In many cases the traffickers used verbal threats or violence to achieve compliance.

“Investigating this type of exploitation is a challenge to us all as victims are often unseen by society. There could be many more out there which is why, together with Crimestoppers and the police, the UKHTC wants to raise awareness and help the public understand the signs to look out for.

“I implore anybody with information than can lead to the identification and rescue of a victim or the arrest of a trafficker to share this with Crimestoppers.”

ACPO lead on migration and associated matters, Assistant Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, said: “Human trafficking is a hidden crime which affects many areas of our society. Members of the public may not realise that they will see victims of labour exploitation, and those controlling them, in a number of different environments while going about their daily business.

“Intelligence in this area is difficult to gather, but we have had success in bringing prosecutions against those who exploit. The victims of forced labour are often the most vulnerable in our society who are preyed on by criminal gangs, creating financial gain from human servitude and suffering.

“The police rely on the public to provide information which can assist us in rescuing these victims and prosecuting the offenders. ACPO is pleased to have this opportunity to work with Crimestoppers to spread awareness amongst the public and tackle this serious and organised crime.”

If you have any information surrounding human trafficking for the purposes of forced labour or domestic servitude please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use our secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

To spread the word through social media, please use the hashtag #Readthesigns.

Crimestoppers Most Wanted Website 

Since Most Wanted's launch in November 2005, 1,224 people had been arrested and charged from the 5,821 appeals posted on the site by law enforcement. That’s an impressive 21%.

Most Wanted is a secure and trusted source where people can view photos, watch CCTV footage and read descriptions of suspects. People will be able to view pictures of the Most Wanted in their local community and take action if they recognise any of the individuals listed. Visitors can search by area or carry out a detailed search with information such as hair and eye colour.

Most Wanted was developed because historically there was no single place for the police to continuously share information with the public about wanted suspected criminals. Crimestoppers was able to meet this need by developing a complete online facility for the public to view people who the police are currently looking for across the country.

Most Wanted is unique as it works on a local, national and international level. It draws together wanted individuals from all over the UK and displays them in one place. The nature of the internet means there is nowhere left for criminals to hide – the success of our Most Wanted proves this.

You can view the latest individuals wanted in connection with crime in Gloucestershire on http://wanted.crimestoppers-uk.org please select the relevant Region filter to 'Gloucestershire'.

Crimestoppers launches campaign to fight ID fraud

The charity yesterday launched a campaign to tackle identity fraud and we're encouraging the UK public to pass on information about identity crime anonymously.

A survey conducted in the autumn shows the UK economy loses an estimated £2.7 billion per year due to identity fraud which affects 1.8 million people annually . Identity fraud covers a range of widespread criminal activities with many organised groups being known to supply or use false or stolen genuine personal identities.

With such a large volume of personal data currently available online, organised criminals are able to steal as well as trade stolen identities in high volume. Fraud is increasing in general , and with more people using the internet and entering their details online over Christmas, Crimestoppers want to raise awareness and encourage people to pass on information anonymously.

The internet is a key hub of identity crime activity, allowing criminals to exploit opportunities for identity theft with access to victims' data through various portals including social networking sites. Crimestoppers is providing information on how to safe guard yourself online and ensure that you take steps to avoid being a victim.

Many websites offer a range of false products and services including fake birth certificates, driving licences, passports, National Insurance cards and utility bills. Crimestoppers is urging the public to share details anonymously of any false identity websites through the charity.

'Serious concern to the public'

Crimestoppers Founder, Lord Ashcroft KPMG, said:

“ID fraud is an enabler to a variety of criminal activity including money laundering, benefit fraud, immigration crimes and human trafficking. This crime is of serious concern to the public which is why we are aiming as a charity to increase the information we receive on those producing, supplying or using false or stolen genuine personal identities.

"Crimestoppers wants to raise awareness around this crime in order to encourage the public to change behaviour. We urgently need information on those using, producing and supplying fake identities, false document factory locations, urls of false identity websites and details on anyone within UK organisations who are helping to enable ID theft.

Read the full press release

Don't Stand 4 Fraud

Don't stand for fraud is an initiative launched by the UK banking industry, retailers and police to encourage retail staff to increase their vigilance when checking customers credit and debit cards. 
http://www.apacs.org.uk/
http://www.cardwatch.org.uk/
http://www.dcpcu.org.uk/

Crimestoppers Tackles Identity Fraud

Gloucestershire Crimestoppers and police in Gloucestershire are warning members of the public to do more to protect themselves from falling victim to identity fraud.
 
Fraud has become a far bigger problem in recent years and that complacency among members of the public is making it easy for criminals to profit from the growing crime.
 
We investigate approximately 700 to 800 incidents of identity fraud every year, primarily the use of stolen payment cards, use of stolen cheques and the fraudulent use of card details.
 
The impact on victims can be severe. There is not just the financial loss and inconvenience to consider, there is also the fact that privacy has been invaded, which leaves many people suffering lasting effects.
 
The scale of identity fraud in this country now is immense, and it is something police forces are battling hard to stamp out.
 
We obviously cannot do it all though, and while we do our utmost to arrest those responsible, the public have their part to play in making life difficult for the criminals. This is why we welcome National Identity Fraud Prevention Week and hope it has an impact on reducing levels of ID fraud crime.

The ID Fraud awareness drive has been put in place by an expert group of public and private sector partners, including the Metropolitan Police (and other regional police forces), Crimestoppers, The Identity and Passport Service, CIFAS - The UK's Fraud Prevention Service, Fellowes, the Federation of Small Businesses, Callcredit, Equifax and Experian.
 
Bin-raiding research* commissioned by Fellowes for the campaign reveals:
 

A staggering 97% of households, representing over 21 million homes in the UK, regularly dispose of materials stating their full name, sex, title, address and postcode

30% had thrown away their whole credit/debit card number

46% of households had thrown away an item that contained their bank account number and sort code and 73% had thrown away documents with their name exactly as it appears on a credit or debit card

48% had thrown away everything a fraudster needs to steal a person's identity
 
These figures, up by over 20% on last year's bin-raiding research, also revealed that not all people in one house behave in the same way. Instead, individuals living under the same roof often take a completely opposite approach in how they dispose of personal information, often putting their family, and themselves, at risk.
 
Also exclusively for the launch of the week, one of the world's leading experts in identity fraud, Professor Martin Gill, completed a study into the offender and victim perspectives of identity fraud, to understand more about the motivations of identity thieves. Professor Gill and his team at Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International (PRCI) Ltd, found that offenders in this study adopted a range of approaches to commit identity fraud using paper based documents including:
 

  • personal information being removed from dustbins
  • stealing personal documents as part of other crimes e.g. burglaries
  • stealing post from people's front doorsteps
  • stealing ladies' handbags and men's wallets
  • impersonating the dead, using birth certificates of the deceased
  • redirecting post to obtain people's personal details
     

The study also showed that documents featuring personal details proved valuable to identity fraudsters who used the stolen identities to apply for credit cards, mobile phone contracts, and in some circumstances, higher level fraudulent activities e.g. opening bank accounts. These documents were also vital in helping offenders to 'prove' who they said they were.
 
As part of the national drive to make the public more aware of the dangers of identity fraud, and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves, the campaign has set up a dedicated website - www.stop-idfraud.co.uk, with a test to highlight 'how at risk you are' - and put in place a free-phone number - 0800 1810 1810 - that members of the public can call to receive a free guide to 'Protecting Your Identity' guide.
 
Steps the public can take to protect themselves include:

  • Keep your personal and confidential documents secure
  • Always shred, using a confetti cut shredder, before disposing of documentation - bank and credit card statements, utility bills, receipts, direct mail containing any personal information, mortgage applications etc
  • Regularly check your bank and credit card accounts for unusual transactions
  • Regularly obtain a copy of your credit report from credit reference agencies Callcredit, Equifax or Experian, and monitor it for discrepancies
  • When you move home, redirect your mail to your new address by contacting Royal Mail Redirection Service on 0845 7740 740, visiting your local post office or www.royalmail.com
  • Never give out any personal information to unidentified individuals or organisations who contact you by phone, email or face-to-face
  • If you have been a victim of identity fraud contact your nearest police station

If you think you have been a victim of identity fraud you should consider subscribing to the CIFAS Protective Registration service. A notice will be placed on your credit file indicating that documents have been stolen and that you may therefore be at risk of identity fraud. 

To register by telephone call 0330 100 0180 or view the following website >>>

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