Record re­ports from the pub­lic

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

Crimestop­pers has re­ceived a record num­ber of re­ports from the pub­lic on do­mes­tic abuse, drug deal­ing and child harm and ne­glect.

In re­sponse to lock­down, the char­ity ran a se­ries of pub­lic aware­ness cam­paigns to high­light the in­creased risk of harm and abuse some people would ex­pe­ri­ence.

Th­ese in­cluded do­mes­tic abuse, doorstep crime and fraud, drug deal­ers tar­get­ing the vul­ner­a­ble, and chil­dren at risk of harm and ne­glect.

Com­pared to pre­vi­ous months, April saw con­tacts about those at risk of do­mes­tic abuse in­crease by 81 per cent and doorstep crime calls by 30 per cent; drug deal­ing re­ports also in­creased by 40 per cent and vis­its to the Crimestop­pers’ web­site tre­bled.

An­gela Parker, na­tional man­ager for Crimestop­pers Scot­land, said: ‘The past few months have been very chal­leng­ing for people across Scot­land.

“As a char­ity, we needed to raise aware­ness of the risks and harm the most vul­ner­a­ble in com­mu­ni­ties would ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing lock­down.

“Of­ten people know or sus­pect who is re­spon­si­ble but don’t want to speak to the po­lice or get in­volved.

“We are so en­cour­aged and grate­ful for the people who trusted our 100 per cent anony­mous guar­an­tee and told us about those at risk. Thanks to the Scot­tish pub­lic, life for them is bet­ter and com­mu­ni­ties are safer.”

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Gary Ritchie added: “Crimestop­pers is an in­te­gral part­ner in help­ing us of­fer a tan­gi­ble and se­cure al­ter­na­tive for those who wish to re­main anony­mous in re­port­ing crime and con­cern for oth­ers.

“We recog­nise how chal­leng­ing re­cent times have been and I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land for the cru­cial role they are play­ing in the col­lec­tive ef­fort to stay safe, pro­tect oth­ers and save lives.”

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