Plan to allow anonymous crime reports

18th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 June 2007, THE HAGUE – Victims of intimidation and other crimes will in future be able to report these crimes to the police anonymously. This should prevent crimes like this going unpunished.

18 June 2007

THE HAGUE – Victims of intimidation and other crimes will in future be able to report these crimes to the police anonymously. This should prevent crimes like this going unpunished.

Ministers Guusje ter Horst (Home Affairs) and Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Justice) are going to work on a proposal to make it possible to report a crime anonymously. A spokesperson has confirmed a report on this in the Telegraaf on Monday.

Victims of crimes like intimidation or threats often refrain from reporting this to police at the moment out of fear for reprisals. They can call the anonymous crime hotline but this does not count as an official report of the crime.

Piet Hein Donner had held back the plan to allow anonymous crime reporting while Justice minister in the previous government. He found that there were already adequate measures in place to protect victims.

The plan for anonymous reports is part of the current government's resolution to crack down on crime in the coming years. One of the concrete agreements is that the percentage of crimes solved should be increased by 15 percent by 2010.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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