Reporting Wildlife Crime Has Been Made Easier by the Introduction of a New App.

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A mobile phone application has been launched which means people who witness wildlife crime can record and report suspected cases directly to the police via their iPhones.

The app is the brainchild of former wildlife crime education officer Andy Turner who wanted to improve the detection and reporting of wildlife crime throughout Scotland. The app allows users to access basic guidelines on what to do and what not to do at a crime scene and provides an on screen form to record the suspected offence. Users can attach two photographs which are automatically tagged with a GPS reference of the location and the information is then sent to Police Scotland via email.

As Andy Turner has stated “Scotland has a population of 5.3 million people. With more and more of these people now accessing the countryside an excellent opportunity exists to raise awareness of both wildlife crime and legal countryside practices and improve reporting of crime by employing readily available phone technology.”

Wildlife crime threatens a far greater range of creatures and plants than one may imagine, even damaging the environment upon which they depend. In short, it is the illegal destruction and theft of animals, plants and habitats in both the countryside and urban areas. It can involve anything from poisoning a golden eagle to cracking open freshwater pearl mussels.

The app has received the support of Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse as he said “ This reporting app will be an extremely useful tool in the fight against wildlife crime and I would like to thank all those involved in its development.”

“Wildlife crimes can often go unreported. I hope that the app will be used to provide valuable information to wildlife crime officers and help us continue to build a more accurate picture of the extent of wildlife crime in Scotland.”

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About Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth is our Business Development Manager. She has a degree in both English Literature and Law from Glasgow University. After graduating in 1983 she served her traineeship as a solicitor in Oban. When she was admitted as a solicitor her first job was at Mitchells Roberton in 1985 so she is a well known face. She spread her wings and joined other firms along the way and had a successful law practice under her own name for some years. She returned to Mitchells Roberton in 2011 and works primarily to enhance the marketing of our firm. With her excellent links with small business and the media in the greater Glasgow area, she is well placed in the role and generates a good deal of referrals and new business. Elizabeth is a people person and naturally connects with both staff and clients. Elizabeth has two grown up children and loves walking her dog, travelling and reading literature.

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