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Lothian and Borders police has launched a new initiative that allows the public to report suspected criminals, anonymously if they wish, "using facebook or via Bluetooth" or using the Crimestoppers website. The Scottish force said that the 'Made from Crime' scheme is the first of its kind in the country. The intelligence- …

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Anonymous?

Via facebook? Yeah right!

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Soon to support...

Soon to support Twitter, SAP, SIP, Live, Google+, JSON, XML and SQL Injection as methods of reporting dodgy neighbours.

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Dubious

Someone kicked the barrel and all the bottom feeding scum floated to the surface. I'm all in favour of hovering them up. I don't believe many of them were honest, law abiding types who got caught up in a moment of madness. As others have pointed out, most of us wouldn't steal armfuls of "designer" trainers just because there was a bit of mayhem going on.

But ... anonymous reporting via facebook? I hope they have a decent way of filtering out the prank and malicious reports without wasting too much of their own time and without bothering the entirely innocent victims of deliberate false reports.

Reporting via Bluetooth is a different matter. Anyone clever enough to figure out WTF that means deserves to be listened to.

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Anonymous Coward

Read the article.

It's Lothian and Borders, there wasn't any rioting in Scotland remember? This is to do with the proceeds of crime, so more likely to result in dealers losing their toys when they get nicked.

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Fair enough

But the sub heading is slightly misdirecting, after recent events - where did they get those tellies?

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Borders eh?

"Donald has suddenly got a very nice sheep that bleats with an English accent."

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WTF?

Via Bluetooth?

"via Bluetooth to link directly to the Crimestoppers website" - presumably they will be letting me within 10m of their webserver then.

Glad the police are "down with the kids" and all up to speed with the "latest" technology.

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How, Who, What, Where?

How does that even work? Do they somehow bluetooth you a URL link to the website.....

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Take it National

Sounds like a half decent plan on the face of it. Needs to be rolled out to all areas though.

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I suppose this'll suffice until

they implement that much-needed 'dislike' button.

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Facebook or Bluetooth?

One is a short distance wireless technology and the other is a web site - can you have an "or" for that?

If you are that worried about anonymity what is wrong with a quick scrawl on a piece of paper, pop in an envelope, address the local nick, stamp on, post, job done.

I am sure it won't look at all suspicious pressing up against the wall of the police station trying to pick up the bluetooth.....

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WTF?

You mean.....

These people can WRITE?

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Closer still they creep . . .

Ah well, not long now before we find that to remain on the unemployed register folks will be obliged to fill a 'nark quota'. No need for any actual crimes against the system to actual be committed, just a rumor or two.

SafetyTrustAndSecureInformation - STASI for short

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SafetyTrustAndSecureInformation - STASI for short

Is that a reference to Facebook?

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Can I be the first ...

.. to report one Mr. F. Goodwin Esq. who, it appears, has got himself all blinged-up nicely thank you, after completely trashing the once very good name of a certain banking establishment, and, further to that, it would appear, that his blinged-upedness has been payed for by the proceeds of the good tax paying public who remain lumbered financially with the net results of his despotic greed and avarice the like of which should never, ever, have been allowed near any UK, Scottish, British banking establishment in the first place.

>IF RANT OVER

GOTO $var "Curtain twitching"

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This has got to be a good idea

Yep, report either your criminal neighbors or those that have worked harder than you and consequently enjoy a better lifestyle of which you are jealous - let the witch hunting begin!

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And coming soon to BBC3...

it's 'Shop.... Your.... Granny!'

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If my granny had been torching and generally fucking up decent folks

I'd shop her to buggery and back.

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I like it ...

When next doors benfit scum, who never worked day in their life are wearing trainers tat cost more than all the clothes you are wearing and the TV is so big it can be used as a load bearing wall, shop em, might reduce my taxes!

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Are looters the new paedos?

It looks like the british people can only hate so many groups at any one time (much to the annoyance of the Daily Wail, who's sales would be much higher if there was no limit). So given the amount of venom being pointed at looters, does this mean some other group has to be bumped off the pariah's list?

Leaving aside the people (they really shouldn't be blessed with the term "rioters", that implies there was a principle at stake) who started fires and caused damage: smashed up shops, broke windows, vandalised the streets, it'll be interesting to see whether the hate being directed towrards looters can be extended to shoplifters. After all the only real difference between the two is that one steals goods when the shops are open and the other when they're closed.

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"rioters", implies there was a principle at stake

The whole mess didn't kick off because people felt they needed a new TV. You did know that, right? The fact that everyone else and their dog took advantage of the chaos for some good old fashioned pillaging and burning rather detracts from the problems that sparked all this in the first place.

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Why?

I don't think "rioting" carries any suggestion of "principles" being at stake. I think "protestors" or "demonstrators" describes principled action on the streets. Rioting is just mob violence. I suppose in the past there was a tendency for the "authorities" to describe any legitimate protest that they didn't like as a riot, as in "Poll Tax riot"(or course this was a riot, but as in many cases it was the filth that rioted, not those protesting), which may have confused you.

I'd love to see what would happen if they jailed everyone caught shoplifting for 4 years. Fuck knows where they'd put them all, plus most shoplifters would fight rather harder than now if a jail term was on offer - so the shops would probably allow everyone to do it, in the same way that supermarkets never used to dispute signatures before chip & pin started.

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> You did know that, right?

Which is why I drew the distinction in the first place.

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As if

Go to a FWSE.

Enter ' site:facebook.com "nobody likes a grass"'

Get 'About 1,140 results'

I'm not sure the polis have really thought this one through.

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isnt this...

similar to the 'grass a dealer' scheme they did which was an excellent way to get rid of the competition?

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Pointless title, which must contain letters and/or digits.

Does this mean we have to shop all the Scottish IT contractors that we know? Tax-dodgers, the lot of 'em.

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Big Brother

Spy on your neighbours!

Win cash prizes!!!

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And earn double bonus

for reporting a family member!

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Useful

Could you use this to report your local MP / Peer?

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I am minded...

... that in earlier posts i referred to "UK Riots".

I apologise to world and all as, of course (and unlike the BBC), I should have referred to them as

England Riots

or

English Riots

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Anonymous Coward

"Vote Fascist for a Third Glorious Decade of Total Law Enforcement"

"Be a Government Informer. Betray Your Family & Friends. Fabulous Prizes to be Won"

Well, if Red Dwarf is becomming real, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the sexual magnetism virus! (and the luck virus could be a bit of fun too)

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Don't be an informer

Let 'em get away with fucking up innocent people's lives.

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Big Brother

Re: Innocent people's lives...

... "Yeah, there's this guy, calls himself "Inventor of the Marmite Laser" he's got this flash computer and a load of other gear, I reckon he's one of these crooks who's fucked up innocent people's lives...

"(The fact that I've got a grudge against the bloke and he's done nothing wrong except piss me off is a mere technical detail...)"

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i wonder...

can we implement a grass up a dodgy CEO etc? that would get much more money back!

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Mushroom

hmm

does NotW fall under proceeds of crime? That should bolster the treasury with a few million.

Oh no, wait a min "back room handshakes" dont count do they.

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@Danny 14

Sorry dude. I meant to vote for your post but clicked on thumbs down by mistake.

Moderators: can my vote be amended to a thumbs up?

I really, really, really do like the idea (and am warming to it very swiftly) that (just like the rioters in court) the NotW is made an exemplar prosecution by the state as a warning to all other media moguls (BBC included) that proceeds of crime will never, ever pay.

1 - police to contact all offended parties and proportion notional costs

2 - all local authorities, landlords and tax inducements to be denied to Murdoch's personally and News International as an entity and its UK arm(s).

3 - all NI employees must stand to attention and give up their seat if travelling in crowded public transport.

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@AC

Go back and click on "thumbs up" instead and it will swap the down-vote to an up-vote.

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Oops! Missed one!

4 - All NI employees will be denied state benefits

There! Looks like Britain will soon become Great Britain and the free will walk with heads held high through riotless English streets?

Or is it more like Little Britain?

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