Dutch prefer to tip police anonymously
People are willing to give the police tips about suspected criminals, but would prefer to do that anonymously rather than claim a reward, according to free newspaper .
The paper says of the 4.7 million euros offered since 2000 in rewards for tips leading to breakthroughs in serious criminal investigations, only 212,000 euros have been claimed. In more than a year and a half, the police have offered 48 rewards for tips but have only paid out once.
Anonymous Police started offering rewards for information in 1963. The low success rate of the reward system in the Netherlands contrasts sharply with the success of the Report Crime Anonymously phone line. The anonymous tips line was introduced in 2002 and, since then, over 100,000 have used it to pass on information to the police.
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