To Catch a Thief, a Police Department Puts a Video on YouTube
In order to catch two men allegedly purchasing items worth hundreds of dollars at a Home Depot with a stolen credit card, the Franklin, Mass., police department posted a surveillance video of the crime on YouTube and the department’s Web site. Officers hope someone will recognize the men from the video, which has been viewed almost 800 times on YouTube.
Additionally, the department’s site, www.franklinpolice.com, features alerts on such topics as traffic measures and winter parking bans, and the department also offers occasional podcasts and an e-mail blast system. The Franklin police serve 32,000 residents.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from InformationWeek (12/20/06); Gardner, W. David.