Post Office is teaming up with the charity Crimestoppers to help protect communities across the West Midlands from the impact of criminal activity.

Whilst crime can happen anywhere, the effects on local communities can be serious and disruptive. A robbery on a branch or a damaged ATM, especially in a rural area, and attack on so-called cash-in-transit vehicles all have negative consequences in terms of disrupting services – even if only temporarily.

As an integral part of communities across the country, the Post Office and Crimestoppers are keen to ask people to help us keep your community and community assets like the Post Office safe.

The campaign will run for four-weeks and will be supported by social media activity, including on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. A 30-second audio advert will run during ad breaks on Spotify and digital adverts will appear in medical centres and Post Offices across the West Midlands. Additionally, posters and leaflets will be displayed in branches across this region.

Pauline Hadley, West Midlands Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Post Offices play an invaluable role in the heart of the communities they serve. Research shows that the public see them as important as their bank, convenience store and local pub. We should all work together to help protect them.

 “We want to reassure local communities that the Post Office is working with our charity to help protect communities from the negative impact and consequences of crimes committed against them. We hope that by raising awareness, we will encourage people who know something about crime or criminals targeting the Post Office to speak up. We know some people are reluctant to go to the authorities, for a range of reasons. Crimestoppers charity is here to give you a voice whilst guaranteeing that you will remain 100% anonymous. Always.”

Mark Raymond, Head of Security Operations of Post Office Limited, said: “The Post Office is responsible for providing products and services right at the very heart of the community and as such we have a duty to keep our customers safe. Post Office are pleased to be working in partnership with both Crimestoppers and West Midlands Police to encourage communities to be vigilant and help prevent criminal activity.”

If you have any information about any criminal activity in your community, please contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.