Press Release

13 January 2021

Mitie teams up with Crimestoppers to help keep communities safe

  • Mitie Security has partnered with the charity Crimestoppers to help keep communities safe across the UK by encouraging anonymous crime reporting
  • The partnership is the first of its kind, with Mitie sharing anonymous data on criminal behaviour to create incident reports to support police investigations
  • With crime affecting businesses, families and communities in the UK countryside, the initiative will start by focusing on rural crime by creating a dedicated cross-industry Steering Committee

Mitie Security has teamed up with the independent charity Crimestoppers in an innovative new partnership to help keep communities and businesses safe from crime and wrongdoing across the UK. The agreement will see the organisations working together to share information on criminal behaviour gathered by businesses, which can feed into police investigations. Mitie is the first security company to form such a partnership with Crimestoppers, demonstrating its commitment to bridging the gap between the public and private sectors to help keep people, customers and communities safe.

Crimestoppers charity encourages people and organisations to anonymously share information that helps prevent and solve crime. As well as receiving information from members of the public, Crimestoppers also works with a number of private and public sector organisations, including businesses, trusts and foundations, on public awareness campaigns. This new partnership with Mitie will be the first time the charity has worked with a security organisation to tackle crime and keep communities safe. With Mitie Security having hundreds of customers spanning every sector, this collaboration will also help create new relationships between Crimestoppers and businesses that have not worked together before.  

With the partnership focused on thought leadership and knowledge sharing, Mitie will use its suite of technology solutions and work closely with its clients to bring together relevant anonymous data on criminal behaviour to create incident reports. This evidence will then be shared with local police forces to support their investigations and help keep criminals off the streets. This partnership is underpinned by Mitie’s Global Security Operations (GSO) service, it’s technology and intelligence-led security solution. Through the GSO, Mitie brings together the latest technology, 20,000 security officers and a team of intelligence experts and analysts, creating a 360-approach to security.

From businesses in villages through to farms, rural crime affects thousands of people and communities across the UK countryside. Mitie will work with Crimestoppers to create a dedicated rural crime Steering Committee to address this issue. Alongside Mitie, Crimestoppers and relevant police forces, the Committee’s members will include other organisations with significant rural presence – such as the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives and the National Farmers Union. Bringing their own expertise and experience, members of the Steering Committee will collaborate to develop strategies to tackle rural crimes, such as theft and property damage, that cost families and businesses millions of pounds every year.

Mitie will also use its experience delivering security services to hundreds of public and private sector clients to provide Crimestoppers with insights on the key security issues that businesses and communities are currently facing. Working closely with the Home Office, Crimestoppers will then use this information to create national awareness campaigns, to help tackle these challenges.

Jason Towse, Managing Director, Business Services, Mitie, said:

“We’re very excited to be teaming-up with Crimestoppers in this ground-breaking partnership. From people’s livelihoods to businesses, crime is never victimless and so we’re committed to bridging the gap between the public and private security sectors, to help keep our clients and the communities where we operate safe. By working collaboratively with other key stakeholders in the security industry, including renowned organisations such as Crimestoppers, we can all play a vital role in helping keep criminals off the streets.”

Mark Hallas OBE, Chief Executive at the charity Crimestoppers, said:

“One of the most powerful things we can do to respond to the continual changing face of crime is to work collaboratively. I am delighted that we have formed this unique partnership with Mitie Security, which will make a difference in tackling wrong-doing.

“Crimestoppers has been giving people the ability to speak up 100% anonymously about crime since our independent charity started over 33 years ago. Providing this opportunity to share knowledge helps build confidence in communities, which ultimately leads to greater safety and security for us all.”

Notes to editors

About Mitie

Founded in 1987, Mitie is one of the UK’s leading facilities management (FM) and professional services companies. We offer a range of services to Central Government and Defence, Communities (Hospitals, PFI schools and Local Authorities); and Technical Services (Engineering Services, Energy, Water and Real Estate Services) and Business Services (Security, Cleaning and Office Services) to Private Sector clients in Financial Services, Manufacturing, Transport, Retail and Telecoms; and Specialist Services (Care & Custody, Landscapes and Waste Management).

Mitie, which acquired Interserve’s FM business in December 2020, employs 77,500 people and is the champion of the ‘Front-Line Heroes’ who have kept Britain running during the COVID-19 pandemic. We take care of our customers’ people and buildings, by delivering essential services and deploying industry leading technology to create safe and effective workspaces.

The business continues to execute its technology-led strategy and in the past six months has received multiple awards.

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 About Crimestoppers

  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping communities to ‘Speak up. Stay safe.’
  • Our 0800 555 111 telephone number and website gives people the power to speak up and pass on information about crime 100% anonymously. In over 32 years, we have always kept this promise.
  • Alongside our national campaigns, we have hundreds of volunteers across the UK who help us promote our services to those that need to hear about them.
  • Every region of the UK has a Crimestoppers team responsible for raising awareness of our charity and running local campaigns about issues that affect their area.
  • Around 10 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 2.2 million actionable calls, resulting in more than 151,000 arrests and charges, over £139 million worth of stolen goods have been recovered and over £367 million worth of illegal drugs have been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK's Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful, with over 4,300 arrests to date.