Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Know someone with a knife? Text Crimestoppers

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In a bid to help fight knife crime, the charity Crimestoppers is encouraging young people to pass on information about who is carrying knives in their schools, by sending a simple text message to a dedicated anonymous hotline.
Text 88551Crimestoppers piloted the texting service in London. The pilot, held from August 2008 to April 2009, was hailed a success by both police and young people. The number of pieces of actionable information relating to knife crime received in London trebled from August 2008 – March 2009. The service is now being rolled out nationally.
People can pass on information by texting 88551. Texts should include four pieces of information about those carrying knives:
  1. Name and/or nickname
  2. school
  3. year
  4. postcode/area.

Texts are charged at standard network rates. Remember to delete the text from your sent box.
The text messages are routed through special software, developed by mBlox, the world's largest mobile transaction network, and Anderson Software, applications specialist for law enforcement, to ensure they remain anonymous when passed onto the police. Crimestoppers cannot trace the mobile number or any other details about the text message sender.

The new service is for information about knife carrying only – for information about all other crimes the public are asked to call the Crimestoppers 24-hour anonymous 0800 555 111 number or complete an anonymous online Giving Information Form.
Find out what Crimestoppers is going about knife crime.

Nab Wood School in partnership with WM-Pro, West Yorkshire Police and the i09 Project worked together to produce a music video aimed at tackling gang culture and knife crime within society today. The project was part of a summer school workshop where students and staff worked together in pre production and production of the music video, Cradle 2 Da Grave - this project came first place in the i09 competition!
video: Produced by WM-Pro
Track: Music written by Rabea Massaad Lyrics written and performed by Ibrar Hussain

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