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Cash rewards on offer for information about burglars

Cash rewards of up to £1000 are on offer for information leading to arrest and charge of burglars in Essex.

As part of its continued drive to crack down on burglars, Essex Police is asking residents to tell crime fighting charity Crimestoppers what they know about burglary and the handling of stolen goods in their communites.

Driving down burglary is a priority for Essex Police but we can’t always solve crime on our own. We need to be pointed in the right direction by local people who know what’s happening in their street.

Essex Police Being burgled is not just about losing possessions, it also robs you of feeling safe in your own home.Essex Police
Stuart Rawlins

If you would rather not contact Essex Police directly, you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously.

The crime fighting charity has pledged to give cash rewards of up to £1000 to residents who give information about burglars which results in an arrest and charge.

The independent charity helps to find criminals and solve crimes. It wants to know what you know not who you are so you can remain anonymous. You won’t have to give your name and address or go to court to evidence. Your call won’t be traced or recorded but the simple piece of information you give could help police make an arrest.

Stuart Rawlins, chair of Essex Crimestoppers, is urging anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

He said: “Being burgled is not just about losing possessions, it also robs you of feeling safe in your own home. People should be able to feel secure and confident in their homes. No one has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers as you will remain anonymous – no personal information is taken. Calls are not traced or recorded and you will not have to go to court or give a statement to the police.”

Essex Police Please join us in the fight against crime by telling Crimestoppers what you know. Essex Police
Chief Insp Denise Morrissey

Essex Police has stepped up efforts to stop burglary in Essex by targeting people known to have committed burglaries in the past, encouraging residents to take simple security measures to protect their homes and increasing patrols in areas where there have been recent crimes. The actions form part of Operation Girton, a countywide commitment to stamp out burglary.

Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey said: “Burglary is a serious crime that affects people from all walks of life. It’s a harsh reality but tomorrow you could find yourself a victim so please join us in the fight against crime by telling Crimestoppers what you know. Help us put beat the burglars by putting them behind bars.”

You can find out more about Crimestoppers and the terms and conditions of the rewards on offer on the charity's website.

You can also pass information to Crimestoppers by filling in a secure ‘giving information’ form on the website. The form is completely secure. It’s designed to ensure your anonymity and means you can pass on vital information from home by answering a few simple questions. However by giving information in this way you won’t qualify for a reward.

Though Crimestoppers works closely with Essex Police and other law enforcement agencies, it is independent and not attached to any police stations.


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