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Seattle Police using Twitter to assist in cutting down car theft

Posted by on 17/12/2010

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The cops in Seattle are getting socially acquainted with Twitter and using it to get citizens to participate in tweeting in information about crimes, in an effort to hopefully solve them faster.

For example, the @GetYourCarBack Twitter account is used to update followers on recently reported cars, and citizens are urged to call in 911 if they have any info about the reported stolen vehicles. They have taken this initiative to crack down on the high incidences of car theft, and make the recovery process much faster. With an average of 9.9 car being stolen on a daily basis in Seattle, they believe the use of Twitter in combination with dispatchers and call centers will cut down recovery time from days and weeks to hours.

They even noted that Twitter can be used to find the criminals before or during the time acts are being committed. Sounds stupid? But how many times have criminals tweeted in that they are stealing from someone’s house or just checking their Facebook and forgetting to log out? The Twitter program is picking up popularity, and has proven useful in other cities.

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