Scots report crime using Facebook
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The "Made From Crime" initiative allows Internet users to anonymously report their concerns to police on a dedicated Facebook page that is being established to direct people with tip-offs to . Police will also be able to send mass messages to mobile phones at public events like football matches to encourage the public to report crime.
Designed to make use of the Scotland with the Scottish government, the , and constituting the foundation of the service. Their backing will allow officers to seize assets that have been purchased through criminal activity., it will be the first of its kind in
Assistant Chief Constable Iain Livingstone of Lothian and Borders Police has stated to the public: "We know there are people living beyond their means on the proceeds of crime, be it through the purchase of flash cars, designer clothes or expensive jewellery, and that communities are suffering from the side effects of drug dealing, violence and other associated crimes".
Justice Secretarystates that Lothian and Borders Police is tackling the problem of dirty money that has been obtained through criminal activity in a serious matter. Constable Livingstone has encouraged this, appealing to local communities to provide information and come forth immediately either to or the Lothian and Borders Police.
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- "Crime to be reported to police on Facebook" — , August 15, 2011
- Alan McEwen. "Police seizure power boost" — , August 15, 2011
- Rod Mills. "Police use social network to seize cash from crooks" — , August 16, 2011