Social Media – The Latest Tool In Fighting Crime

Caught Web Handed is an article on FOXNews.com’s website detailing how law enforcement is using social media to catch criminals.

Yes some of them make it easy.  Stopping on the way out of a crime spree and checking a Facebook page is oh, let’s say hmmm, moronic.  Uploading video to Youtube detailing all the loot you picked up.  Yeah another real brainiac.

These are frightening situations and under no circumstances am I diminishing the pain and stress these situations cause.  But there are bigger fish to catch and social media is making it easier.

It’s a stretch to include email specifically as social media but it can get passed around the internet, mentioned in a Tweet or posted on a blog.  Even when it isn’t viral it can be archived until the tenth of never or whenever the sender/receiver needs it.

That’s how they tracked down Faisal Shahzad the man who set the Time Square bomb scare into motion.  The VIN was tracked to a teenager in Connecticut who had the car for sale on Craigslist.  Mr. Shahzad emailed her and then bought the car.

I’m glad he emailed.  It’s how he was caught. It’s also a stark reminder that online there are no casual conversations.

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