Mayor Hubert Bruls of Nijmegen decided to put a home in the city on lockdown and house the family living there elsewhere for their own safety, and that of the neighborhood. The man of the house sold encrypted phones to criminals and has been facing serious threats since 2016, NOS reports.
The police arrested four people and seized 1 million euros in cash in an investigation into providers of smartphones that encrypt communication data. Investigators believe the suspects sold these encrypted phones to criminals, RTL Nieuws reports.
The encryption makes it harder for the authorities to listen in on conversations or read text messages from a distance. This trait makes encrypted phones extremely popular among criminals who want to hide their communication from the police.