Closed to crime: report your suspicions

Charity Crimestoppers Scotland asks people to report suspicions to ensure business can open in the future but stay #ClosedtoCrime

Attacks on ATMs, supermarkets, factories and warehouses are among crimes that harm local businesses, disrupting services and employment prospects.

With the lockdown slowly easing whilst the pandemic is still active, Crimestoppers Scotland is using the opportunity to connect with communities and companies by appealing for people to report anonymously what they know about crime against commercial outlets.

As local shops and businesses try to cope with the devastating financial impact of the pandemic, the last costly disruption they need is having premises ransacked, with essential items or equipment damaged or stolen. It’s not just break-ins that affects businesses. Fly-tipping and fire-raising can seriously impact a company’s ability to reopen. For some, it could be the final straw.

Our #ClosedtoCrime campaign aims to raise awareness and drive people to report what they know about crime against local businesses, from shops to company premises, factories to warehouses. They play a crucial role in the fabric of society – indeed, many staff in these businesses are now classed as key workers providing essential services.

Rodger Holden, Director of Business Development at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Local businesses play an essential role in providing services and employment to the local and wider community.

“But as shops, warehouses and factories are closed or struggling to return to normal with reduced opening hours due to the pandemic, criminals are exploiting the crisis by breaking in to commercial premises. Fire-raising attacks and fly-tipping are also incredibly harmful as the company has to incur significant costs. This could affect their future stability even further.

“You can help keep shops and local industry open for business but #ClosedtoCrime.

“Please keep your eyes and ears open, and if you see or hear anything, or know someone involved in commercial burglary, arson or fly-tipping, please speak up. People’s jobs and local services depend on it. If you know something, please contact our charity and tell us what you know whilst staying 100% anonymous. Always.”

Information received by Crimestoppers has helped stop planned break-ins, made communities safer and brought people to justice. The charity is asking for information about the following:

  • someone who has planned or is planning to commit a burglary against a business
  • planned break-ins – where and when?
  • who’s selling stolen goods, and where?
  • large scale fly-tipping (such as lorries dumping rubbish) and hazardous waste.

If you have information, please contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously. You can call our 24/7 UK Contact Centre on Freephone 0800 555 111 or use our simple and secure Anonymous Online Form at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org.