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Police Use Bluetooth Devices to Curb Crime

Now, state-of-the-art mobile phone technology would be used in the crime reduction efforts; Lancashire police will use this technology to pass crime prevention messages to the local residents of the area.

The police community support officers in Lancashire will now carry Bluetooth boxes that will contain crime prevention advice and other alerts on their patrol and would send relevant messages to the Bluetooth-enabled devices that they detect within a range of 100 meters.

The Bluetooth users in the range will then receive a notification stating that the Lancashire police are trying to make contact with them and can then accept the request if they wish to.

Just last week, almost three thousand people accepted a message about drugs awareness information from the police.

The messages could also include information about missing persons' appeals with picture and description, free home fire safety checks and smoke alarms, and local PACT meetings.

A similar system was earlier used by the Merseyside Police while investigating the murder case of Rhys Jones to send out witness appeals.

In Lancashire, the scheme is currently being tried out in the Pennine Division, and if successful, it would be rolled out across the county.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.