15 April 2010

Are you Fearless?

Yesterday Crimestoppers launched Fearless, the charity's new brand for young people - Bravo!

The Fearless website features it's own anonymous online form that young people can use to pass on information about crime. It is also packed with nonjudgmental information about different crime types.

The Fearless launch was held at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London. Lots of great young people attended. There were also some very moving performances and speeches - Barry and Margaret Mizen spoke about the tragic loss of their son, Jimmy.

MC Doctor, a grime artist from London, spoke about his experiences with crime and performed some of his hits to the crowd. As expected, he blew the crowd away - young people were lining up to meet him after the event.

If you haven't checked out the new Fearless website yet, get involved and make sure you let us know what you think!

12 April 2010

Richie Woodhall supports Crimestoppers

World Champion boxer Richie Woodhall has joined forces with Crimestoppers to encourage people in Telford to support their community by passing on information to Crimestoppers anonymously.

Woodhall supports CrimestoppersRichie launched his Fight Crime campaign at a press conference at the Telford Ice Rink, where he won his World Championship belt.

You might remember me blogging previously about Ricky Hatton and his crime campaign in Greater Manchester. It's great that within the past few months the Crimestoppers charity has had two very talented and inspiring individuals front campaigns.

Of the new campaign, Richie said: “So many people suffer as a result of the activities of criminals. I would encourage local people to have the courage and fight crime without revealing their identity by contacting Crimestoppers.”

Taxis with Richie's face and crime message on them (just like the one on the left) are going to all around the streets of Telford. If you see one, take a photo and send it in! I'd love to see one in action.

7 April 2010

You are the Weakest Link

I love watching quiz and game shows, especially ones where I might know some of the answers. I'm a fan of Deal or No Deal not because I think Noel Edmonds is dishy, but because I imagine that if I was on the show I'd be as good a contestant as anyone on there.

I was watching the Weakest Link last night, knowing a few answers here and there when all of a sudden, up came a question I definitely knew the answer to:

"In the UK the charity established in 1988 that runs a free phone number for people to report unlawful acts anonymously is crime..."

And guess what the contestant answered? Crimewatch! Wrong answer - Crimestoppers is obviously the correct answer!

While I was excited that the profile of Crimestoppers is high enough for it to be appearing on the Weakest Link, I was disappointed that once again the charity has been confused with the BBC1 TV programme, Crimewatch. (I've had a previous rant about Crimewatch that you might recall).

Please keep spreading the word that Crimestoppers is different to Crimewatch and hopefully next time someone is asked about us on a quiz show they'll get it right. If you want to check out the Crimestoppers question on the Weakest Link, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer. The question is 11 minutes 20 seconds into the episode.

5 April 2010

Easter treats and crime prevention

Happy Easter!

I hope you're all having a great long weekend so far.

The Easter bunny has been kind but cheeky to me this year. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate Toy Story and all, but giving me a Buzz Lightyear chocolate (right) when I asked for Batman Reese's Pieces hardly seems fair.

If you're heading away any time over the Easter break, remember to read the home security tips on the Crimestoppers website. I find it easier to relax knowing my house is secure while I'm away.

Happy holidays and keep fighting-crime.