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In Nijmegen Police investigates series of fires at business park

The police are investigating whether there is a connection between three fires that have recently raged on the business park on the Westkanaaldijk in Nijmegen.

At the first fire, seven cars went up in flames. Two trucks burned out at the second fire and on Wednesday morning there was a fire in a truck center on the Hogelandseweg.

At the fire of Wednesday, the police discovered five trailers. Two were arranged as nurseries, one was used as a kniphok, one was full of hemp waste and the last trailer was full of new stuff needed for growing hemp.

Nothing is known about the cause of the last fire. The first two fires are probably lit. As a precaution, the police and the municipality are going to give more surveillance in the area.

According to a spokesman, the police have spent a while pays extra attention to possible hemp cultivation on the business park.

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New York Police will use drones with thermal imaging cameras

The New York police will deploy fourteen drones in 2019. The devices are used, among other things, to make 3D projections in traffic accidents and to keep an eye on people at large events and hostage takings.

The drones are equipped with a thermal imager, reports The Wall Street Journal. This makes it possible to determine the location of people on the basis of their body heat.

The New York police can not use the drones to routinely carry out patrols, monitor people without a warrant, or register traffic violations.

The police policy does state that the drones, which are controlled from a distance by an employee, may be used for other matters concerning “public safety, emergency situations or other situations with the consent of the head of department”.

Privacy proponents fear that the use of the drones is a step towards more surveillance and militarization of the New York police. The project costs in the first year 480,000 dollars (converted more than 422,000 euros).

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On dark web police deploy volunteers for research

A group of fourteen volunteers who were already active with the Dutch police will also be deployed for digital surveillance from Wednesday.

Most of the group will do research on the so-called dark web, the police announce Wednesday. A number of other volunteers are working on the cybercrime team in Rotterdam.

The dark web is a closed part of the internet, which can be visited with the Tor browser. The internet browser offers users the possibility to conceal their identity, making the dark web attractive for ciminals.

The police volunteers who are deployed on the dark web will map which activities take place there, for example in market places where illegal products are also traded. They can also carry out this work from home.

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4 cyber volunteers get to work at Rotterdam police

The cybercrime team of the Rotterdam police has been strengthened with four cyber volunteers. It concerns people from the business world with specific knowledge of ICT who have done additional training. They are used to track down and deal with ICT-related crime.

Cyber ​​volunteers are deployed throughout the Netherlands, the police announced on Wednesday. Among those selected volunteers are several ICT advisors, a retired physicist, a cancer researcher and a bioinformatician, says the police.

“Actually these qualities of the volunteer colleagues were up for grabs, but their skills were not used by us yet”, says cybercrime program director Theo van der Plas.

Most volunteers are used by the darkweb team. The ‘dark web’ is part of the internet, untraceable for search engines such as Google, where drugs and weapons are offered and where child pornography is distributed, for example.

Van der Plas says about the volunteers that you can see them as extra eyes and expertise for surveillance on the dark web.

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