Report petty crime via internet

11th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 April 2007, BRUSSELS – From the end of June all Belgian residents will be able to report petty crime, like the theft of a bicycle, shoplifting, vandalism and graffiti, online. All 196 police districts are setting up an electronic desk.

11 April 2007

BRUSSELS – From the end of June all Belgian residents will be able to report petty crime, like the theft of a bicycle, shoplifting, vandalism and graffiti, online. All 196 police districts are setting up an electronic desk.

The system is now being tested in five districts. Only a few instances have been reported online each month in these areas however.

The technical obstacles may still be too high for some people. "People still have to take a number of steps: they must have a computer connected to the internet at home, they must have an electronic identity card and reader…Moreover many people still don’t know about the system," a police spokesperson said.

There have been about 50 electronic reports in the university city of Ghent since the start of the experiment in January. Most of these were reports of stolen bicycles.

Still Home Affairs Minister Patrick Dewael wants the electronic desk set up in every police district. "The principle behind the electronic desk is important, even though not many reports have been made," a spokesperson for the minister said.

"It is a system for the 21st century. That is why we want to expand it to all the police districts. EUR 440,000 is being invested in this by the end of the year."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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