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UK Crimestoppers Offers Real-time and Mapped Crime Information

Matt Ball on September 26, 2013 - in Corporate, Security

Crimestoppers will provide insight into the amount and type of information, and location, of the information that it receives from the public through a 24 hour ‘Tweetathon’. The #CS247 Tweetathon is being run to give a snapshot of the 1,000+ pieces of information we receive from the public on a daily basis, starting at 08.30am on Wednesday and ending at 8.30am on Thursday. We want to showcase our service to the public in helping communities and individuals in the fight against crime in our 25th year. All tweets will be sanitized, or stripped, so as not to reveal any personal details about the individual giving information.

Crimestoppers is using an interactive map that can identify which area this information concerns on a county level.  The crime type will also be made known, with both pieces of information highlighted by pins that are dropped on the police force headquarters – this does not reflect where the crime occurred.   This map has been created by our partner Esri UK, a provider of world-class enterprise geographic information systems (GIS).

Roger Critchell, Crimestoppers Director of Operations, said: “Crimestoppers recognises that social media is a great outlet for informing and educating the public, and this Tweetathon is just another way of giving an insight into how we operate on a day-to-day basis.

“I can assure you that there will be no way of people finding out who has contacted us as anonymity is paramount for the way this charity is run – we would never do anything to jeopardise that.”

To get involved and join the conversation for the Tweetathon, use the hashtag #CS247 between 8.30am on Wednesday and 8.30am on Thursday.

If you have any information about crime then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use our Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Crimestoppers would also like to stress that we do not take information about crime over Twitter.

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