Your inquiry to the German Criminal Police Office - Licence book - V 2021-0000105952


Wed, 13 Jan, 07:47

to robert.a.h.prins

Dear Mr. Prins,

thank you for contacting the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt - BKA).

I can happily inform you, that you have the permission from the “Bundeskriminalamt” to create a html-version out of the pdf-version of the book and use it on your website.

Unfortunately we do not have a copy that we can send you.

I hope I could help you.

Kind regards

by order

"Ein Mitarbeiter des Bundeskriminalamtes" [name redacted]



Name: Prins, Robert
Street an Number:
PostalCode and City: [redacted]
Phone: [redacted]
Email: robert.a.h.prins[a]
Subject: The book "Anhalterwesen und Anhaltergefahren"
Sehr geehrte Frau / Herr,

I'm sorry for the English, I speak and read German, but writing it without oodles of errors in genders and declensions is a bit harder...

First of all, all the best for 2021!

To the point, I've got a scanned PDF of the book mentioned in the title of this email, and as it's linked to from a French masters thesis (about hitchhiking) on my website, I would like to make it a bit more "Anwenderfreundlich" by creating a html version that's fully cross-linked, and more than likely significantly more readable than the current on-line version. However to do so, page 4 of the PDF tells me I would need your permission:

"ISSN 0174-5433
Nachdruck auch auszugsweise nur mit Quellenangabe und mit Genehmigung des Bundeskriminalamtes Bundeskriminalamt Wiesbaden"

So the question is, can I have your permission, and if yes, is there still a copy of the original Wordstar/Word/Wordperfect/whatever version around, the PDF I have does allow me to copy the text, but it contains a not insignificant number of errors that need to be corrected, not a show-stopper, but there are only so many hours in a day, hours I would rather spend sticking out my thumb, even now, as a sixty year old, in the middle of a pandemic.

As for my website, you can find it @ and the French thesis @ currently links to a rather horrible copy @ (which may or may not be legal)

Hope to hear from you soon,

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Robert Prins