This festive season Wiltshire Police will be running a social media campaign called ‘Wanted This Winter’ as part of our wider Christmas crime prevention campaign.
Starting this afternoon, during December the Wanted This Winter campaign will see a number of different outstanding suspect’s custody shots posted on our main force social media accounts with an appeal.
The appeal will request that the outstanding suspect hand themselves in to a police station and encourage the public to pass any information about their whereabouts to police.
An outstanding suspect is someone who police have reason to suspect may be responsible for a crime. Police are obviously keen to speak to these individuals and give them the opportunity to explain their version of events.
Swindon Hub Operations Superintendent Adrian Burt said: “Wiltshire Police is committed to bringing to Justice those responsible for crime as quickly as possible, and I see this campaign as a great way to help achieve this. At the heart of every crime there are victims and witnesses that are impacted and our aim is to make the Justice process as speedy and smooth as possible.
“We are encouraging the public to take a proactive role in how their communities are policed by acting as our eyes and ears.
“Some of the wanted suspects we’ll be issuing appeals for have committed crimes that really affect our communities, such as burglary. Crimes like this have such a long lasting impact on victims and it is absolutely right these offenders should be brought to justice.
“Social media is a great tool to get a message out there and can be really useful to generate intelligence from within our communities which can help solve crimes. We are hoping the power of social media will further support policing with preventing and reducing crime, by helping us deal effectively with people suspected of committing crime.
“A disproportionate amount of police time is spent trying to locate suspects who don’t want to be found. My aim is to work with the community to find these individuals more efficiently and use the time and resource saved to reinvest into community priorities.”
All of the outstanding suspects were written to in advance of the campaign and given the chance to hand themselves in before we issued our social media appeal.
The advice we are going to be issuing to the public will be to call 999 if they see a suspected offender which will hopefully lead to their arrest. The public will also have an option to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to pass information in confidence.