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Jan 26 2012

How does Crimestoppers Work?

With the recent increase in Harrow Police publicising burglary, and the current dark evenings, we thought it might be useful for Harrow residents to understand how Crimestoppers work, so that if they have any information about a crime, that they can report it safely and anonymously – and maybe even qualify for a cash reward!

Crimestoppers pay cash rewards of up to £1,000 if the information you give to them leads to one or more people being arrested and charged. They don’t pay rewards simply for the recovery of stolen property.

When you call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, they will give you a code. This will be the only way of identifying you anytime you ring back or collect the reward. If you are interested in collecting a reward, you will be asked to contact them again at a later date, to find out if the information you have given has led to somebody being arrested and charged.

Less than 2% of people who could claim a reward actually do so!

Once a suspect has been charged, you will be told that the amount of the reward needs to be confirmed by the Chairman of the local Crimestoppers Board of Volunteers. This may take a few days. Once this has been confirmed, you will be then asked to name:

  • the branch of a bank where you can collect the reward
  • the date when you want to collect it.

On the agreed date, all you need to do is to go to the bank branch, quote your code and you will be given your cash reward. You will not be asked to sign anything or to provide any proof of your identity.

To give information anonymously to Crimestoppers now, call 0800 555 111 or fill out the anonymous online Giving Information Form.

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