Berlin offers SMS crime alerts

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16 February 2004 , BERLIN - Federal authorities in Germany has launched an unprecedented service offering crime alerts to the public via mobile phone text messages. Cashing in on the widespread popularity of text-messaging, federal law enforcement agencies hope the service will aid in reducing big- city crime rates. Subscribers to the service will receive instant text messages alerting them to bank robberies, shootings and other crimes moments after they have occurred. Thus, descriptions of criminals can b

16 February 2004

BERLIN - Federal authorities in Germany has launched an unprecedented service offering crime alerts to the public via mobile phone text messages.

Cashing in on the widespread popularity of text-messaging, federal law enforcement agencies hope the service will aid in reducing big- city crime rates.

Subscribers to the service will receive instant text messages alerting them to bank robberies, shootings and other crimes moments after they have occurred. Thus, descriptions of criminals can be literally in the hands of thousands of Germans within minutes.

The service is aimed primarily at taxi and bus drivers, truckers who might be able to help officers in the apprehension of fleeing offenders.

"We believe this will prove to be a valuable tool for combatting crime," said federal Interior Minister Otto Schily.

 

DPA
Subject: German news 

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