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Satellites tracking of 5,000 of the worst criminals

by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / July 19, 2004 11:52 AM PDT

Satellites to track 5,000 of the worst criminals Published: Monday, 19 July, 2004, 10:37 AM Doha Time

LONDON: Satellite technology will be used to track 5,000 career criminals who are responsible for one in every 10 crimes in the country, the Home Secretary David Blunkett will announce today.

The radical new technology, which has been developed in the US, will enable law enforcement officers to pinpoint the exact location of criminals who have been released early from prison and fitted with electronic tags.

It will feature among a series of measures in a five-year plan to tackle burgeoning violent crime and anti-social behaviour. Home Office figures released next week will show police forces recording rises as high as 25%.

A Home Office source said: "We are the largest users of tagging outside the US and we will continue to do this. We will introduce satellite tracing for prolific offenders as well as for domestic violence and sex offenders."

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