Record number of anonymous police tip-offs lead to over 1,650 arrests
Anonymous tip line Report Crime Anonymously gave a record number of 16,900 tips through to the police last year. Thanks to these anonymous tips a total of 1,671 suspects were arrested and more than 1,100 crimes were solved or prevented, the tip line announced with its annual figures on Tuesday, ANP reports.
About one in three tips received by the hot line is eventually given through to the police. The majority of the tips were made by telephone and about a quarter came in online.
Over the past year the number of reports about burglaries, robberies and violence increased significantly. Fewer tips were received about weapons, ammunition, illegal fireworks and social security fraud.