Tag Archives: Romania

18,000 trafficked artifacts seized

This article reports a coordinated international investigation, Pandora III, that has resulted in the seizure of 18,000 illegally trafficked cultural artifacts and the arrest of 59 individuals. Besides Europol and the World Customs Organization, the Spanish Civil Guard led the … Continue reading

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Romanian child trafficking

This article reports 25 NGOs filing a complaint to the European Commission following acquittals of 26 people in a 9-year-long child trafficking trial involving 1,087 children. During the lengthy trial 52 court hearings were scheduled and then postponed. Europol had labeled … Continue reading

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Bulgaria & Romania lead EU in traffic fatalities

This article reports that traffic deaths per population in the EU in 2017 were highest in Bulgaria and Romania, each 3-4 times higher than in Sweden, UK, Netherlands, and Denmark. Overall, 55% of fatalities were on rural roads, 37% on … Continue reading

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Custom-fit app for community policing

This article describes a smartphone app, SecureU, now being pilot tested in 5 EU cities, designed to enhance direct engagement between citizens and police. Developers have taken a “privacy-by-design approach respectful of national and EU regulations,” resulting in local versions of the … Continue reading

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Third Strategic Meeting on Payment Card Fraud

Representatives of 4 EU countries and 8 ASEAN countries recently met in Bangkok to exchange information on frauds associated with non-cash transactions, including payment cards and ATMs. According to this announcement, “experts presented new and so far unreported modus operandi … Continue reading

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Facebook saves honest cop in Romania

This article reports the adventures of an honest traffic police officer in Romania whose Facebook posts have made him a celebrity and helped him keep his job.

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European burglary network disrupted

News  reports indicate that French police with Europol assistance have disrupted a Paris-based burglary network that utilized 280 thieves and disposed of stolen property in surrounding countries aided by fake documents and stolen cars. The ringleaders seem to have been … Continue reading

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