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Germany Uses Text Messages to Fight Crime

Germany will launch a nationwide search program that allows citizens to receive messages about criminals or missing people on their mobile phones, the top security official said Sunday. Starting Monday, anyone who has signed up to participate in the service will receive an SMS, or text message, from police containing information about any criminal searches in the participant’s city or state and a number they can contact with information. Eleven police districts in Germany have already been using the system successfully since Sept. 2002. Interior minister Otto Schily approved it Sunday for nationwide use. The service is free and completely voluntary. Police are hoping that bus, taxi and streetcar drivers will participate, as they are in a position to monitor activity on the streets. Full Story

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