Danish police have text appeal

Police in Denmark are using a text messaging service to solve burglaries and help locate lost senior citizens. Officers in North Zealand have hailed the scheme a success and say more than 5,000 residents have signed up to help solve crimes using their mobiles.

Six cases, all of which involved burglaries or missing pensioners, have so far been sent out over the text messaging network. According to police, a strong public response was received for all.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the support for our initiative,” Lisbeth Jessen of the North Zealand Police told local news website lokalavisen.dk. She added, however, that residents would not be asked to assist in cases that are considered to be dangerous.

North Zealand, which is located just north of Copenhagen, saw the programme introduced in November last year. While Jessen said police were delighted that thousands were already taking part, she added that she hoped more of the district’s population of half a million would also be persuaded to get involved.

“Registration is easy and we have room for everyone. The more users, the more eyes we have,” said Jessen.

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