Mobiles to be used in war on crime

IPSWICH residents are today being asked to use their mobiles in a new initiative to tackle anti-social behaviour.Ipswich Anti-social Behaviour Network is today launching the new initiative.

IPSWICH residents are today being asked to use their mobiles in a new initiative to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Ipswich Anti-social Behaviour Network is today launching the new initiative.

People with camera phones will now be able to snap evidence of anti-social behaviour, such as vandalism or graffiti and send them, via MMS, to the Ipswich Anti-social Behaviour Network.

Team members, who will receive the photos on their computers, will then be able to liaise with the agency best suited to dealing with the problem.

This is the latest initiative helping to make Ipswich a safer and more pleasant town.

But Andy Solomon, manager of Ipswich Anti-social Behaviour Network, warned: "We want still life and not action shots. We don't want people to do anything silly and put their own safety at risk.

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"We want them to report instances of anti-social behaviour such as graffiti, which we can then take steps to tackle."

Once somebody has sent the picture message, he or she will receive a text message of thanks for the photo.

Possible ideas for the future include posting running commentaries, or photos and descriptions of resolved incidents, on the internet.

Other initiatives to tackle anti-social behaviour have included reporting incidents using forms or online or by calling 0800 138 6570.

If there is an instance of anti-social behaviour you wish to report via your camera phone, send an MMS to 07739 888 558. As well as the picture, please also include the word Ipswich and a brief description as to where and what your photo refers.

Do you think this is a good idea? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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