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Dedicated website set up for teenagers to report crime

17 May 2024 2 minute read
Young people can use the service to report crime

Twm OwenLocal Democracy Reporter

A dedicated website has been set up for teenagers to report crimes as they don’t use Facebook or make phone calls like older people.

The Fearless website is run by the crimefighting charity Crimestoppers but specifically targeted at younger people and offers “non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality” as well as ways to report crimes anonymously.

Martin Smith, from the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner’s office who is responsible for tackling violent crime, told Monmouthshire councillors the website works across Wales and England and was set up as younger people don’t use the same communication methods as their parents.

Violence

He said: “Young people don’t use Facebook or even make telephone calls they use Tik Tok, Snapchat and something else probably so Crimestoppers has launched Fearless which is designed for young people.”

Councillors were considering a plan by Gwent police, councils across the area and other public bodies to reduce serious violence.

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At the meeting chief inspector Amanda Thomas, in response to a question from a councillor who said the public will often report incidents and concerns to them, said crimes and tip off  can be reported to the 101 service, through direct messaging the Gwent Police Facebooke page and through Crimestoppers.

She said the force has to account for intelligence received through the anonymous crime reporting charity.


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Mr Williams
Mr Williams
30 days ago

A fantastic idea! Lots of teens are terrified of contacting the police to report crimes. If there is an easy and teen-friendly way of doing so, I’m sure they will be less reluctant. Bravo to the creators of this idea. I will certainly publicise this within the high school I work at.

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