Uses Photos, Maps to Nab Suspects

April 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment

The Wired blog recently published a story about a specific way in which law enforcement is using the internet to catch criminals. Arkansas and Texas have both launched websites that mashup Google Maps with bank robbery suspects, complete with photos and descriptions.

You can go to Texas’ or click in a robbery, and it will take you to a page that shows images from the bank robbery, a description of the suspect and other identifying information, and a Google map with local bank robberies plotted.

Wired reports that at least four suspects in the last six months have been apprehended as a direct result of the websites, and a total of 10 suspects featured on the site are now behind bars.

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