Help hit criminals in the pocket in Hertfordshire, police appeal

CRIMINALS who live off the proceeds of their illegal activities can expect a cheerless Christmas and New Year. Law-abiding citizens have now been given the chance to help Herts Police make the crooks pay for their actions. The Constabulary s new Make Cri

CRIMINALS who live off the proceeds of their illegal activities can expect a cheerless Christmas and New Year.

Law-abiding citizens have now been given the chance to help Herts Police make the crooks pay for their actions.

The Constabulary's new Make Criminals Pay webpage has been launched to allow people in the county to provide information anonymously about those responsible for profiting from crime.

Under the powerful Proceeds of Crime Act (2002), the Force is able to strip criminals of property or money that is believed to be ill-gotten gains.


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People who want to make a stand against crooks in their society can send information via a secure reporting form on the website.

The page can be found by visiting www.herts.police.uk and clicking 'Help us make criminals pay' link which is in the 'New In Herts' section.

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Det Supt Jane Swinburne of the serious and organised crime group said: "The new Make Criminals Pay webpage should seriously worry criminals across Hertfordshire. We're giving residents the opportunity to simply, quickly, and anonymously let us know via the internet about anyone they suspect of profiting from crime.

"These people are responsible for crimes such as burglary and fraud, which can have a massive impact on people's lives if it happens to them. With our powers we can seize anything that is the proceeds of crime, such as cars, cash and even homes - and by doing this we're taking away their ability to run their criminal enterprises in the first place."

She added: "Of course, if you don't have access to the internet, you can still stop criminals from profiting from crime by calling 0845 33 00 222 or via Crimestoppers, an independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111."

In the past year, Hertfordshire has confiscated and forfeited more than �3 million from organised criminals. This is seen as having a huge impact on organised criminals who rely on such assets to fund their criminal activity.

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