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News from the EUNWA
(European Neighbourhood Watch Association)

March 2017

Dear EUNWA Member/Network Partner,

as indicated in our last Newsletter there are a lot of activities and EU projects going on, which we would like to share.
LSC - Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza Italy are currently working on a survey with citizens in Italy, UK and The Netherlands for the SIIP – Speaker Identification Integrated Project, which was also funded by the European Commission,  and should help governmental authorities as well as police authorities to identify unknown speakers that are captured in lawfully intercepted calls, in recorded crime or terror arenas and in any other type of speech medium and channel (including social-media). See our article 1).

This month we also would like to inform you about new methods of crimes we are currently experiencing in Austria. We would like to encourage all our members to share information with our community about new types of criminal activities in your country, please send any information you believe will be of benefit for our members to head-office[at]eunwa.org so we can spread the news with our next Newsletter. Other than that are all our members welcome to use the blog post area of our new website to post your messages. In case of problems send us an email.
In our coming Newsletters we will also share information from EUCPN which we are sure will be interesting for all of you.

Yours faithfully

Karl Brunnbauer
President
 1. NEWS about SIIP research project – Speaker Identificiation Integrated Project
 
Funded by the European Commission, SIIP research project is developing a break-through Suspect Identification solution based on a novel Speaker Identification (SID) engine and Global Info Sharing Mechanism (GISM) able to identify unknown speakers that are captured in lawfully intercepted calls, in recorded crime or terror arenas and in any other type of speech medium and channel (including targeted social-media).
 
SIIP advanced Speaker Identification engine fuses multiple speech analytic algorithms such as: Voiceprints recognition, Gender-ID, Age detection, Language& Accent ID, Keyword & Taxonomy Spotting and Voice cloning detection. This fusion should result in highly reliable and confident detection, keeping the False-Positives & False-Negatives to the minimum and improving the judicial admissibility of the Speaker Identification Technology.
 
The SIIP project aims to develop technology to help law enforcement rapidly identify suspects’ voices and subsequently isolate conversations of interest in a wide range of cases including kidnapping, ransom or terrorist calls, or match-fixing cases.
 
This will take into account the legal aspects of the technology, to ensure it is compatible with existing national legislations and includes safeguards which respect individual privacy and INTERPOL’s Rules for the Processing of Data.
 
They are currently running interviews with experts and discussion groups with citizens in The Netherlands, UK, and Italy and they are arranging the presentation of the SIIP System through a Field test event in March 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the SIIP system and its contribution to LEAs investigation work. This event also seeks to promote an open discussion among the key stakeholders on the challenges and relevant issues to be considered for the development of a privacy-enhanced speaker identification system with a global reach. Participants are expected to include speaker identification researchers and experts, forensic experts and police investigators. For more information about the event or the SIIP project, please visit the project website: www.siip.eu
2. ”Vulnerability Checklist” - E-learning platform – under construction by ACdV Italy
 
Unfortunately we did not get a lot of response to our emails asking for support for Gianfrancesco Caccia from Italy, which was probably owed to some confusion.
 
Many thanks to our colleagues from Estonia, who sent some detailed information – thumbs up and again - thank you so much for your support.
 
Gianfrancesco wants to set up a checklist, which should become part of his e-learning programme and should be available for citizens – probable with an app - to check their private security level in their homes in times of absence, which also includes internet security (securing their personal data and preventing data theft), and more.
 
”I am looking for documents/links/kind of checklists concerning summer holidays or more generally "educational aspects" towards the citizens to help them recognize (understand, prevent) behavioural or environmental weaknesses connected to their person/family or surroundings... something like a questionnaire, checklist or list....”
 
The checklist should contain e.g.
  • tips and tricks on how to secure your home in times of absence i.e. having a neighbour emptying your mailbox,
  • taking care of your waste bin – it shouldn’t be left sitting empty for weeks, (see website of NHW Denmark: contact: Lone Harlev, projectleader: Det Kriminalpræventive Råd og Trygfonden, www.dkr.dk, email: lh[at]dkr.dk)
  • leaving a contact number with your neighbour and relatives for emergency cases,
  • switching lights on in an irregular sequence by remote control,
  • removing tools and possible devices for a break in from the garden area, locking them away in unaccessible areas,
  • securing your doors and windows with security locks,
  • installing an alarm system,
  • but also security measures for IT and internet......
 
It should be a tick list that can be added on to.
 
The platform they are working on will be presented to the ACdV's members during the next National Congress to be held in April 2017. We are looking forward to a preview in due course. The e-learning platform is an important achievement for ACdV, both in technical and social terms, since it will represent a tool to spread between Italian families who have joined the ACdV project (about 30,000 at the end of January 2017) the culture of prevention against predatory crimes. At the moment this project has been implemented in 227 municipalities and involves about a thousand groups of NW.

Please send your checklists to Gianfrancesco Caccia - Presidente Associazione Controllo del Vicinato: email: gianfrancesco.caccia[at]acdv.it, www.controllodelvicinato.it, FB "Associazione Controllo del Vicinato", Italy, copy to us: head-office[at]eunwa.org.
3. Theft of car catalysers in Austria, unrecognized car break-ins by copying the car keys remote signal
 
Currently there is an increase of catalyser thefts in Austria, run by 2 gangs – a Polish and a Serbian gang. In February the number of stolen car catalysers has increased to a couple of dozens – especially targeting VW models – and the platinum contained in the catalysers. They are cutting off the catalysers from underneath the cars and are selling them for € 100,-- per cat and more.
 
Leaving your car on a public car park or on the street while doing your shopping or over night gives them enough time. None of them – as far as we know - has been caught yet. The damage is done and not covered by any insurance.
 
Another type of crime with a new dimension is theft of property from parked vehicles. I.e. break-in that is hardly detectable. Car owners who park their cars on the streets overnight and return to their cars in the morning don’t realize that their car has been opened and has been thoroughly examined for valuable items inside. The owner only realizes that something is different, when he/she finds that something has been moved and is not in the place it used to be. There is no way you will be able to detect it, because the remote door lock works as usual. Make sure that you never leave any valuable items in your car.
 
Please let us know, if you experience any new kinds of crimes in your country.
 
4. EUCPN – tool box
 
We would like to inform you about the publications on the EUCPN website:

Toolbox 2 - Community (oriented) policing in Europe: Concepts, theory and practice


Part two of the EUCPN toolbox on evaluation of crime prevention initiatives has been translated by the European Commission into different languages. This manual provides the policy maker or practitioner with hands-on information, in his own language, on how to evaluate crime prevention initiatives. All translations can be downloaded.

You might find more useful information on this website like:.
 

Toolbox 3 - Evaluation of crime prevention initiatives

 

The effects of neighbourhood watch in reducing crime

 
Part two of the EUCPN toolbox on evaluation of crime prevention initiatives has been translated by the European Commission into different languages. This manual provides the policy maker or practitioner with hands-on information, in his own language, on how to evaluate crime prevention initiatives. All translations can be downloaded.
 
You might find more useful information on this website www.eucpn.org.


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