The Web: it's criminal

日期:2019-03-07 04:20:03 作者:濮胃砂 阅读:

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police want to live up to their reputation of always getting their man or woman. But like many crime fighters these days, they could use the Net’s help. When an 18-month-old baby survived a 70-metre fall off Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension bridge last month, the Mounties posted tourist photos of the bridge just before the baby fell at http://north-van.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/9931366.htm and are asking people to come forward with information about how it happened. Many US cities nowadays have neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood accounts of crime statistics—try www.crime.org/links_city.html. Washington DC has slipped from the number one spot for per-capita violent crime, but it still ranks in the country’s top ten. Crime Stoppers International, at www.c-s-i.org, lists a few crimes you may be able to help solve. The US National Crime Prevention Council’s Online Resource Center at www.ncpc.org wants to help people “prevent crime and build safer, stronger communities”. It has a very useful article on safety tips for runners and walkers, including a tip not to wear headphones. This is one that’s ignored by millions of joggers, but the NCPC says it’s a big risk since you might not hear a potential attacker approaching. At the unwieldy URL www.met.police.uk/police/mps/mps/bumbleb/bumble1.htm, London’s Metropolitan Police anti-burglary initiative, Operation Bumblebee, has a website where you can look for the missing family heirlooms or find out how to stop them being stolen in the first place. At the slightly ghoulish special interest crime site www.apbnews.com, you can eavesdrop on American police conversations. The site even gives you a handy little translation guide, too: in cop talk, “code 37” is a stolen vehicle while “lucky 7” means “meet you at the donut shop”. Netropolitan bets there’s no police code for “meet you at the health food store”—they probably think a juice bar is a gas station. More on these topics: