28 Mar 2003

Police commissioners from four Pacific nations seek answers to identity crimes

10:25 am on 28 March 2003

TSenior police from the Asia-Pacific region believe they have a strategy to deal with thieves who steal other people's identities to commit major crimes.

The 10 police commissioners from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are meeting in Perth for their annual conference to discuss key law enforcement issues.

The West Australian police commissioner, Barry Matthews, says the commissioners had developed a strategy which aimed to reduce and even prevent so-called identity crimes.

He says so-called identity thieves use either false identities, or that of others, to commit crimes ranging from terrorism to people smuggling and murder.