Online police desk is a flop

6th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 November 2007, BRUSSELS – Only 1,225 Belgians have reported a crime online since June of this year. That has emerged from data from the 196 local police districts in the country.

6 November 2007

BRUSSELS – Only 1,225 Belgians have reported a crime online since June of this year. That has emerged from data from the 196 local police districts in the country.

Anyone can file an electronic report of bicycle theft, shoplifting, vandalism or destruction of property by graffiti. But the reporting system, dubbed  "police-on-web", has not proved very successful. "The response has been disappointing," says Luc Geyzen of the Lommel police district, one of the trial municipalities which has been using the electronic desk for a year already.

"Mostly bicycle theft is reported. That represents half of all the reports filed, followed by vandalism (43 percent) and shoplifting (5 percent)," says Astrid Kaisin, spokesperson for the federal police. The system will soon be expanded. Any citizen will then be able to report motorbike theft and request police surveillance if their house will be empty.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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