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Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping to find criminals and help solve crimes. Crimestoppers is a charity so are separate from the police and the government.

They have a phone number, 0800 555 111, that people can call anonymously to pass on information about crime; alternatively people can send information anonymously via the Crimestoppers website (see attached link), using the Giving Information Form. Callers don't have to give their name or any personal information and calls cannot be traced.

You can call the phone number, 0800 555 111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crimestoppers operates across the UK.

The phone number provides an invaluable community service, so that anybody who has information about criminal activity can pass it on, without living in fear of the consequences. Many criminals exploit people's fear to avoid arrest.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regional Crimestoppers regions that service the needs of their local communities.

Every call is treated with absolute anonymity so that nobody will know the identity of the caller, except you, the caller. Rewards are also available and are paid without compromising a caller's anonymity.

The information given is passed onto the police in such a way that they do not know who you are; Crimestoppers have never given the police information about their callers. It's a simple and secure way of bringing criminals to justice, without anybody knowing who the information came from.

Callers from abroad can call Crimestoppers on 0044 1883 731 336.

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