German Police Chase Criminals By SMS

Police in Germany are experimenting with a new method for catching criminals. They’re asking various people, like bus and taxi drivers, to sign up for a system where they will be alerted by the police via SMS of the descriptions of criminals they’re looking for. Then, the various people using the service are supposed to notify police if they spot the suspects. Seems like somewhere halfway between a “neighborhood watch” program and the US’s well criticized TIPS program. I just want to hear someone yell, “Stop! Or I’ll SMS you again!”

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