In the past, we have shared stories involving criminals who have posted pictures or made comments related to their crimes on various social media platforms. These instances are obviously not smart, and they have led to these criminals being caught and taken into custody. This is the kind of criminal behavior that drives a criminal defense attorney crazy.
Now that pretty much everyone has at least one social media account, and many people use multiple forms of social media, it has become a standard practice for law enforcement officials, prosecutors and attorneys to check social media profiles of accused criminals.
Burglary Arrests Up Thanks to Facebook
While waiting around for accused burglars to admit to crimes on social media is an easy way to catch criminals, it may also never happen. That’s why police in Austin, Texas have decided to take a more proactive approach to solving crimes through social media. Law enforcement officials have sett up a Facebook page in an attempt to reach out to the public and get tips.
The Facebook profile is currently being operated by a burglary task force within the police department. The page often shares pictures of items stolen during recent burglaries and shares images and descriptions of potential suspects. Operators make sure to include telephone numbers in each post, ensuring that potential tipsters don’t have to reveal their identities on the social network, a key when asking the public to come forward with information. The public is being asked to contact the police by commenting on the page or sending a private message if they have any information regarding the crime..