Social promotion of Special Investigation Service (STT) has been started in public transportation means in Vilnius on 7th of July, where a responsible behavior shall be encouraged: not to trim with corruption, and in case of facing corruption, to inform STT.
During the whole month of July the passengers of thirty buses of Vilnius will travel, seeing the information, showing STT “hot line” number (8 5) 266 333 as well as the message, reminding that the criminal liability is faced not only by bribe taker, but also by bribe giver.
The possibility of this information spread, which is widely used in many countries, has been provided by advertisement agency “Grabmedia” for free. According to the data of this company, the social promotion should be noticed by more than 90 percent of passengers, since approximately 30 000 people use one public transportation mean per month in the capital.
“Hope that this promotion will be effective. As we see from the data of sociological research, there are still some residents, who in case of facing the corruption do not know, where to address, and how to inform about it. The other problem is that many people censure the bribe takers, but do justify the bribegivers. Therefore, the promotion message “Giving a bribe is an offence” seeks to change this opinion and remind that giving a bribe is a criminal activity, which is not smaller than others”- says Julija Antanaitienė, STT media representative.
A STT representative also notes that public attitudes are gradually changing; the intolerance of corruption is growing. Individuals, who are aware that raising the visibility of corruption crimes not only protects their rights and beliefs, but also the interests of other members of society, and bravely informs STT officers about corruption cases.
In 2009 878 people addressed STT and presented complaints about possible violation of personal rights and legal interests by actions, non-action or administrative decisions of public administration subject. From 88 pretrial investigation cases, started last year, 36 cases (41 percent) were started on receipt of citizens’ complaint, statement or notice about criminal acts.
People reconcile to corruption, when they do not recognize it or accept this phenomenon as natural thing. Corruption is usually understood as an abuse of entrusted power for personal gain. Corruption shows in both the public and private sectors. The most common crimes: bribery, graft, abuse of authority and failure to carry out official duties.