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Police: Have a crime-cracking Christmas

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Merry Christmas everyone! As we take a collective pause for the holiday I’m pleased to be able to post this blog and wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope your celebrations have been enjoyable, so far, wherever you are.

Christmas as you know is a special time of year. It’s a time to take stock of the past twelve months, spend some quality time with family and friends, and plan for the year ahead.

So as I write this, it’s clear that 2016 has been an incredible year on the world stage and a very busy year closer to home. Here at Crimestoppers we launched our fourth Operation Return hunting fugitives in the Netherlands, and in the autumn we marked the 10th anniversary of Op Captura in Spain. Both international campaigns led to the capture of Most Wanted fugitives, in some cases willingly handing themselves in as a result of the publicity.

Success in the cities

Our work tackling some of the most tricky crime issues of the day – such as knife crime – continues. At the start of the summer we joined forces with the Sunday Mirror to...

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Police: Fact: Cracking down on IP crime…

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…A whole new chapter for FACT…

Established for more than 33 years, FACT is a brand that many households will recognise from anti-piracy adverts in the cinemas and the logo on DVD covers.

However there have been some big changes at the organisation and now FACT is reaching out and helping new and different businesses to protect their brand, products and content.

tv-boxDirector of Communications Alice Skeats explains more: “FACT has been working in IP protection for over 30 years and is an organisation built on success which has gone from strength to strength. It is this success, together with dedication and years of experience, that have earned the organisation its reputation as the leaders in IP protection.

“Changes in membership and funding presented a challenge to the organisation earlier this year; however, we were able to use this to create new opportunities for the organisation and we have just embarked on a very exciting chapter.

“In the past FACT has protected the film and TV sector but has not been able to offer...

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Police: Child Sexual Exploitation and how it affects families

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Denise Lewis

Youth advocate Denise Lewis

“We went from a normal happy family, to total torment.”

Child Sexual Exploitaton (CSE) is a complex issue that doesn’t just affect the child. Parents who witness the after-effects of abuse and exploitation often report feelings of anger, guilt, shame, embarrassment, confusion and isolation.

It is especially difficult for parents to know what to do and how to cope when their child starts acting out of character. This could take the form of playing truant from school or getting into trouble with the police. Other people can often make unfair judgements, despite them not being  aware of what is really happening – nor do they understand the complexities of the child’s situation.

Some families have talked negatively about the experiences that they have had with people  in authority. Police, teachers and social workers can appear judgemental in their attitudes. They can come across as professionals who may believe in the stereotype that your child is making a `lifestyle choice’...

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Police: Fact: Cracking down on IP crime…

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

…A whole new chapter for FACT…

Established for more than 33 years, FACT is a brand that many households will recognise from anti-piracy adverts in the cinemas to the logo on DVD covers.

However there have been some big changes at the organisation and now FACT is reaching out and helping new and different businesses to protect their brand, products and content.

tv-boxDirector of Communications, Alice Skeats, explains more: “FACT has been working in IP protection for over 30 years and is an organisation built on success which has gone from strength to strength. It is this success, together with dedication and years of experience that have earnt the organisation its reputation as the leaders in IP protection.

“Changes in membership and funding presented a challenge to the organisation earlier this year, however we were able to use this to create new opportunities for the organisation and we have just embarked on a very exciting chapter.

“In the past FACT has protected the film and TV sector but has not been able to offer its...

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Police: Super-recognisers – Met Police secret weapon for crime fighting

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

What are Super-recognisers?

Are they the contemporary Met Police Weapon?

Super-recognisers – individuals meeting the upper end of face recognition spectrum by possessing an enhanced ability to never forget a face.

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Monika Durova – Crimestoppers Intern

My name is Monika Durova and I am currently doing a university placement at Crimestoppers.

I am a final year student at the University of Greenwich and also work on a very popular project about Super-Recognisers conducted by Dr Josh Davis, who is a Reader for Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at Greenwich.

SRs – ordinary people with extraordinary abilities

A talent for face recognition

Dr Davis’ research on Super-Recognisers (SRs) has attracted international media interest due to its importance to major police forces (including London’s Metropolitan Police Service, Cologne Police – Germany). Businesses such as YOTI, who specialise in digital identity, are also keen in its development. Even...

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Police: Safer Night Out

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

It’s Christmas time once again and friends and colleagues will be getting together to celebrate Christmas in style. It’s an opportunity to have some fun at a pub or club where the drinks are likely to be in full flow.

Whilst having a good night out will be at the forefront of your mind, make sure you stay safe. Sadly, when people don’t take their safety seriously they can end up a victim of crime, such as being attacked or mugged.

By taking on board these top tips on staying safe you’ll go some way to help yourself have a great time whilst out and about.

7 safety tips for nights out

Night Club

Safety in numbers:

Always stay within the group. By remaining close to the people you trust and know well, you’ll reduce the risk of being targeted by people who are up to no good and could be out to take advantage.

Get taxis or arrange a lift:

When traveling at night always book a taxi or get a lift. It’s worth that little extra to take a ride in a cab and get home safely. If travelling by bus it’s best to sit on the lower deck as this is closer to the exit...

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Police: Charlie Webster on domestic and sexual abuse

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Sports broadcaster Charlie Webster is best known for her work with the likes of Sky Sports, but is also heavily involved in charity work and raising awareness of abuse against women.

Charlie Webster An ambassador for the charity Women’s Aid [link], Charlie has spoken openly and honestly about being a victim, or as she explains, ‘survivor’, of sexual abuse.

Here’s the second part of Charlie’s blog, where she shares some of the stories of domestic and sexual abuse she has heard and gives her views as a survivor of abuse herself.

It is a basic human right for all of us not to be violated, not to be detained, scared, or abused, and for our bodies to be our own. Sadly, we still live in a society where this basic human right doesn’t exist for many.

The number of people I have met, stories I have listened to, of hellish violence, rape and manipulation on our very own doorsteps – and lives lost.

  • A woman went to get her and her children’s belongings from the family home after eventually leaving her husband due to domestic abuse of...

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Police: Charlie Webster & Football United: abuse is never OK

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Sports broadcaster Charlie Webster is best known for her work with the likes of Sky Sports, but is also heavily involved in charity work and raising awareness of abuse against women.

Charlie Webster An ambassador for the charity Women’s Aid, Charlie has spoken openly and honestly about being a victim, or as she explains, ‘survivor’, of sexual abuse.

Here, she talks about her work, and the people she has come into contact with as a result of her campaigning and awareness raising.

Recently we have seen how important it is to have an open conversation about domestic and sexual abuse. We have spent too long letting victims down by turning a blind eye and denying that the ‘well respected nice person’ we see on the outside couldn’t possibly be a bad person.

The myth that abusers are weird creepy violent people that you can spot a mile off is just that, a myth. In most cases the abuser is someone the victim trusts and that is how he or she executes their power over their victim.

Abuse is about power and...

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Police: Giving your spare time to help others is a gift

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International Volunteer Day logo

Today is International Volunteer Day 2016. It might seem like there are too many awareness days, however this is one group of people who truly deserves special recognition. Volunteers are the backbone of modern civil society, playing a vital role that others won’t or are unable to fulfil.  And maybe, by celebrating their contribution, we hope it will encourage others to step up and give their time to organisations that are desperate for extra helping hands.

What motivates people to volunteer?

People’s reasons for volunteering are about as wide and varied as the type of volunteer roles available across the charity sector. According to the latest UK figures (2014-2015) over 14 million people formally volunteered at least once a month, typically giving over 11 hours in an average four-week period. It’s also estimated that over 21 million people volunteered at least once across the year.

Volunteers often mention how they love helping to improve the lives of others in their community and that making an impact...

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Police: A story of combating Child Sexual Exploitation

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Sherica Spence

Sherica Spence, founder of Skye Alexandra House, a bespoke service designed to meet the needs of vulnerable women, writes about her personal experience of Child Sexual Exploitation, both as a victim herself and as someone helping other victims.

I started working with victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) due to my own experiences as a child. I could relate to the young girls, and hoped that by me sharing my story and how I overcame some of what I had experienced, I might be able to help another young girl – as one of the worst things in life is carrying the cycle of these thoughts, emotions and feelings into your adulthood.

I was sexually abused from the age of 7, then raped at the age of 12.  Then gang raped at 15. Due to these experiences I was mentally and emotionally unstable; my mum had no idea of the abuse that took place and took my behaviour as typical teenager behaviour. No matter how many times she asked what was wrong, my response would always be “nothing”. I held resentment towards her as I assumed...

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