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Monika Durova VolunteerMonika Durova is in her final year of a degree in Criminology and Criminal Psychology. As part of her final year, she successfully secured a work placement at Crimestoppers.

Find out about her experiences and what she felt she gained during her time spent at Crimestoppers.

As part of my final year at the University of Greenwich on the BSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology course, I successfully secured a place on a university accredited placement at Crimestoppers. My expectations from the placement were mainly to get involved in crime control activities such as working on the Most Wanted project. However, throughout the course of my placement I worked within different departments and teams such as Digital, Research, Media, and the Call Bureau, where the people who deal with the incoming calls work.

I was most involved in the Fearless team, the youth brand of Crimestoppers. Being engaged with the youth team made me realise that sometimes, in particular when working with young people, prevention and early intervention are much...

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Police: Crimestoppers is more than a telephone number

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James Reed - VolunteerJames Reed is in the final year of a degree in Criminology, as part of which he successfully secured a work placement at Crimestoppers.

Find out about his experiences during his time spent at Crimestoppers.

Whilst starting my final year of a BA Criminology degree at the University of Greenwich, I was told about all the different options for a work placement; this would be perfect for vital experience needed to land a post-graduate job. Whilst reading up about all the different options for my work placement, Crimestoppers jumped out at me as being the best suited for me – Crimestoppers would offer me hands-on experience with a huge charity.

As a volunteer at Crimestoppers I was given the opportunity to work with a wide range of people working in different roles within the charity, from the youth team to the press office. This has given me an insight to the various roles that make up a successful charity. During my placement I worked with computing software I would never have used anywhere else; I was given the...

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Police: Pension scams destroy lives – don’t be next

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By Mike Broomfield, Head of Intelligence at The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

Scammers are criminals and we’re clamping down on their activities. We’re helping to change the law regarding cold calling as well as introducing a range of measures to protect saver’s pensions. But you can protect yourself; here are five top tips to help you beat the scammers.

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If you think you’ve been scammed – act immediately

If you’ve already signed something you’re now unsure about, contact your pension provider straight away. They may be able to stop a transfer that hasn’t taken place yet. Then call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report it.

If you have doubts about what to do, ask The Pensions Advisory Service for help. Call them on 0300 123 1047 or visit the TPAS website at for free pensions advice and information.

If you’re aged 50 or over and have a defined contribution pension (a pension not based on your final salary), Pension Wise is there to help you investigate your...

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Police: Be Bold for Change: International Women’s Day 2017

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It’s International Women’s Day today, a chance to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the globe. This year, we’ve asked Tania Carrigan, Head of Communications at Crimestoppers, to reflect on challenge, change and women that she finds inspirational. 

Tania Carrigan, Head of Communications

Q. What does your role at Crimestoppers involve?

A.  I lead and manage the Communications team (Media, Digital, Marketing and Campaigns); my main responsibilities include developing and implementing the organisation’s communication strategy; developing the Crimestoppers brand and driving digital innovation. I have seven people in my team and together we support Crimestoppers activity across the UK: it’s busy, but we have a lot of fun, too!

Q. How did you get to where you are today?

A. I left university with a degree in politics ready to make my mark in international development. I was lucky to secure an overseas role for an NGO, but it wasn’t for me. I came back...

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Police: Celebrate St David’s Day by reading our day-in-the-life blog from Wales

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Morning coffee and news

Early morning always starts with a strong coffee before catching up with daily news and current affairs – online, TV and especially social media. I run the Crimestoppers Wales Twitter account (@Wales_CS) so regularly check and share the latest crime news and appeals for information. It’s a quick way to spread the message about our work and engage with lots of people across Wales and beyond.

Out and about

St. David's Day daffodils

Plans for each day are different, but I’m usually out and about travelling through beautiful Welsh countryside, promoting the charity and planning new campaigns. I cover the three southern police force areas in Wales – Gwent, Dyfed Powys and South Wales. The local crime issues are diverse – from livestock thefts to drug dealing to burglary. Coming from a criminal justice background, I can quickly understand the challenges and help suggest ways to increase intelligence from the public through utilising Crimestoppers anonymous service.

It’s good to...

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Police: Hearts and flowers? Not for one billion women

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One in three women will experience violence against them at least once in their life

V-Day, February 14 2017, is a global movement to stop this…


Inspired by Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues, they run large-scale fundraisers, events, films and conduct campaigns to educate and stop violence against women and girls. They have raised over $80 million and funded more than 12,000 anti-violence programs and safe houses in countries such as Haiti, Kenya, Egypt and Iraq.

Find out more about V-Day…

One Billion Rising

1billiobWith the support of the V-Day organisation, global protest campaign One Billion Rising was created, so named because over one billion women will be impacted by violence in their lifetime. The project urges women to walk, dance, and rise up in opposition to violence and has reached over 140 countries in regions including North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, with special projects in each area dependent on local circumstances, traditions, and religions.

Find out more about One Billion Rising…

What do...

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Police: Romance Fraud: Don’t fall for it

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Valentine’s Day is a chance to throw caution to the wind and let your heart rule over your head. But don’t get carried away with all the roses, chocolate and soppy poems – especially if you’re looking for love online. Valentine’s may be a day for the romantics – but it’s also one for the scammers. Research has shown a spike in the reporting of romance fraud around March and April as victims wake up to the fact that they’ve been duped.

Romance Fraud

Romance fraud: Don’t let your heart be broken by fraudsters this Valentine’s Day

We’ve invited one victim, known as Firefly to protect her identity, to talk about how she was fooled into handing over €1,000 to a scammer. She now works voluntarily with Scam Survivors to give support to fellow victims and raise awareness of the issue which affects millions of people across the globe.

She said: It’s not just about losing money. When I discovered I’d been scammed I felt like I’d lost everything – I lost my faith in people, I became nothing but a shell.

I was...

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Police: Have a crime-cracking Christmas

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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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