Thu Jun 12, 2014, 01:42 AM

Social Media Helps Police Solve Cases

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police are turning to social media for help solving crimes.

A post of a teenager flashed on the Genoa Township Police Facebook page Monday. Her parents were frantic and police were concerned. Replies started coming in and information on where she might be.

"The missing girl herself replied to the post that she was on her way home and she was basically okay," said Chief Steve Gammill.

Chief Gammill says it's crucial to get missing persons information out immediately. Social media allows it to happen.

"We can get information out very quickly to the public. We can get some feedback from the public," said Gammill.

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Strange Luck Jun 2014 OP
graham4anything4HC45 Jun 2014 #1
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graham4anything4HC45 Jun 2014 #3

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Thu Jun 12, 2014, 02:51 AM

1. If only they had more street cameras & social media when Etan Patz was kidnapped & killed in NYC

perhaps someone would have snapped a pix or a street security camera would have picked it up
and the killing could have been stopped before it happened.

Same in all those other cases.

Unlike those that seem to disagree on this issue, the more cameras and security there are, the more coordination between the public and the police, the less crime will be committed.

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Thu Jun 12, 2014, 02:53 AM

2. My take on it

Add all the cameras you want - but make every single one available to the public to watch online as well.

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Response to Strange Luck (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 12, 2014, 03:11 AM

3. that is a very interesting and good idea

Create a total equality of information
and make sure none invade personal privacy inside a home or apartment itself.

Same with the dashboard cameras on police cars. (and get rid of the bad cops).

It's somewhat like back in the old days any HAM radio fan was able to monitor all police broadcasts

(and in a similar vein-with internet privacy, in the old days and I remember myself doing this in the 70s,
going to the major public libraries and looking through public phone books where unless one was a celebrity every single name/address/phone number was publicly listed

and they had those machines that could show you all the newspapers that ever existed
not quick and easy like a computer search is today, but still readily open and available

the access was always there, just not the speed to retrieve it

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