Reality Crime Shows Fight Local Crime

August 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

America’s Most Wanted has long been a staple of Fox’s broadcasting lineup, but now cable companies and local TV stations are creating “hyper-local” crime shows that feature local detective talking about open cases and asking the public for help.

Comcast tested the first show of its kind, Police Blotter, in Philadelphia, in 2006, for its On Demand feature. Similar programs are now popping up in big cities across the country.

The difference between something like America’s Most Wanted and Police Blotter is the local connection. Hyper-local crime shows are focused on local crime, and have already seen success as people across the country have taken the information given to them on the show and used to call in tips leading to several arrests.

Just like CrimeReports, these shows are giving the public relevant, local information that they can use to prevent crime in their own neighborhood. It just goes to show that when law enforcement gives information to the public, the public is willing to help and communicate.


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