10pc rise in crime line calls
9 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — The anonymous crime reporting phone line known as 'M' was called more than 57,000 times in 2005, a rise of 10 percent on the year before.
9 February 2006
AMSTERDAM — The anonymous crime reporting phone line known as 'M' was called more than 57,000 times in 2005, a rise of 10 percent on the year before.
At least 562 crimes were solved thanks to these tip-offs, according to the annual report from the Meld Misdaad Anoniem foundation that operates it.
In all, more than 13,000 tips were forwarded from M to the police and tax authorities. Nearly 10 percent of the tips regarded drugs, mostly the reporting of cannabis plantations.
Callers also left tip-offs about the Schiphol diamond robbery and the Hells Angels. Several football hooligans were arrested as a result of anonymous calls.
The 0800 7000 number also received tip-offs about possible attacks on politicians including Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders.
Although police described the tips as "usable", it was not reported whether any attacks were prevented on their basis alone.
The number of crimes solved and suspects held (744) could well be higher than the annual report states, since the foundation only heard the result of 38 percent of the tips it submitted.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news