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Police confiscates 10 cars when taking action

On Monday the police The Hague confiscated ten cars, three electric bicycles, two scooters and a complete contents in a police action. On Monday, the police visited various residents of the Hague who still had to pay back money because it was, for example, criminally obtained money.

The police have visited 25 addresses, but also the port area and other industrial areas have been visited, as well as shopping areas and the vicinity of train stations. The police were also aware of traffic on some “strategic” spots, the police announced on Wednesday.

Badges were collected for the checks from people who still had to pay a fine. At houses where no one opened, a key expert offered a solution.

Nearly sixty police officers worked on the audit. € 4500 has been collected for repayable money. Thirteen traffic fines have been distributed and a drunk driver has been removed from the road.

Information was also collected about criminal activities that could help with any current investigation.

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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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