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Police Warn About ‘Shake and Bake’ Meth

Police in West Virginia are warning law enforcement about a new way of manufacturing meth that is easier and is harder to detect. The new method has been dubbed “shake and bake” meth, and can be made with ordinary, over-the-counter products and can be mixed in a two-liter soda bottle. The new form of meth manufacturing requires less space and less equipment and does not give off as much of a smell, making it harder to detect.

The method has spread across Arkansas and is making it’s way into other states.

Source: http://www.dailymail.com/News/statenews/200908110712

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August 12, 2009 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Record Growth in June for CrimeReports.com Indicates Law Enforcement Trend Toward Online Communication

We at CrimeReports are all very happy about our recent growth and our record-breaking month of June. Below is a press release highlighting our recent success and the law enforcement community’s forward-thinking views on sharing crime information with the public:

June represents a record-breaking month for CrimeReports.com, signing new partnerships with 49 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. These new partnerships represent close to a 10 percent growth for the world leader in online crime mapping in the last month. Currently, CrimeReports publishes live crime information for close to 500 law enforcement agencies across North America and is working with more than 50 others that will begin publishing their crimes live within the next 60 days.

CrimeReports’ rapid growth indicates a trend in law enforcement away from traditional weekly crime blotters and toward the use of online communication, including social media, to disseminate crime information more quickly and efficiently. As a result, publishing crime maps and providing crime alerts, like those provided by CrimeReports, is quickly becoming the standard for forward-thinking agencies across North America. “From a customer service perspective, let’s get that online so people can do their own analysis of what’s going on in the neighborhood,” said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, discussing CrimeReports in a recent Boston Herald article.

Although there are other crime-mapping websites, few can boast partnerships with more than a few dozen agencies, whereas CrimeReports is signing up an average of 30 agencies a month. “Our growth has been astounding,” said Greg Whisenant, Founder and CEO of CrimeReports. “We started with one agency just two years ago, so our explosive growth really shows how law enforcement agencies have been hungry for a service like this and have been amazingly forward thinking in adopting it so quickly.”

In addition, CrimeReports’ internal-facing analytics tool, Command Central, is now being used by nearly 50 agencies nationwide and will expand further in the coming months.

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July 10, 2009 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Law Enforcement Increasingly Using Twitter to Keep Public Informed

More and more law enforcement agencies are embracing social media as a way to disseminate information quickly to the public. Although many local police departments have a Facebook page, increasingly Twitter is becoming the social media platform of choice of law enforcement agencies.

They use Twitter to send out information on fires, SWAT team deployments, traffic accidents, and more, so that citizens who subscribe to the department’s Twitter feed can avoid those hot spots.

Potentially, Twitter also could serve as a great feedback tool for police departments, but as Boston Police Commissioner, Guglielmi, points out, following up with the interactive aspect of Twitter would currently take a lot of effort and man-power. As such, many department are content simply to use the service as a broadcasting tool, kind of a like a 21st century police scanner.

Using it, as such, is useful to citizens, but is not necessarily using the technology at its full potential. As this technology continues to gain popularity, here’s hoping that police agencies can utilize social networking as a two-way communication tool, proving better service and reducing crime at the same time.

Source: http://thecrimereport.org/2009/07/06/twitter-this/

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July 7, 2009 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Florida Law Enforcement Embraces Social Networking

The Broward County Sheriff, as well as the police in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, Florida, were recently highlighted in a news story by the Boson Herald. These are just a few of the agencies that have adopted social networking as a way to access citizens, both to disseminate information and to collect it.

These agencies have set up accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Through these sites, the police are able to post bulletins about public safety issues, community announcements, etc. In addition, citizens who have become fans on Facebook, or those who follow the Twitter feed, can send messages to the police department.

For example, recently, the Boyton Beach PD tweeted asking for the identity of a man who recently robbed a gas station at gunpoint. The tweet linked to a photo of the suspect. Although the case has yet to be solved, the demographic of people who use social media is expanding, and law enforcement agencies have the potential to access thousands of eyes and ears on the street, something they have never had access too before.

Source: http://bostonherald.com/jobfind/news/technology/view.bg?articleid=1180408

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June 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Crime Down in 2008: FBI Nationwide Crime Report

The FBI just recently published its official crime statistics for 2008, and crime overall, was down from 2007. Here’s hoping that we can continue the trend in 2009. Visit the FBI’s annual crime statistics for 2008 here.

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June 1, 2009 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

Texas Unveils Improved Sex Offender Website

The Texas Department of Public Safety recently updated their sex offender website. The new website allows users to search for sex offenders by name, zip code, address, and more. And citizens can sign up for free email alerts for changes in an offender’s record or if they move. The improved site also provides more details information on the offender’s history and offenses, including offenses committed out of state.

Source: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6443145.html

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May 29, 2009 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

The Myth of Rising Crime: Citizen Perception vs. Statistical Evidence

Over the past few days, a number of articles have been published dealing with citizens’ perception of crime versus the actual crime data coming out of police departments. Overall, it seems that most people feel that crime is on the rise, even though most areas of the country are actually experiencing a drop in crime.

New York, LA, New Jersey, San Francisco, and other large populations centers are all experiencing a recent drop in crime that has largely gone unpublished in the media. In addition, there is a common-sense line of thinking that states that when the economy goes bad, crime goes up. However logical this may seem, there is actually no proven correlation between a bad economy and high crime rates. In fact, proving such a correlation is almost impossible because of the sheer amount of variables involved. But these factors go into the formation of public opinion that crime is on the rise, when the numbers actually contradict that assumption.

The Item published an interesting article recently about the fine line of reporting crime, basically asking the question: how do you balance giving the public the information they need without overplaying the amount of crime committed? Perhaps the solution lies in getting more information out to the public through tools like CrimeReports.com, Twitter, Facebook, and other internet and print-based media.

Is the perception of crime higher than the reality in your area? What can we do to change it? Leave a comment.

Sources:
Hudson Reporter

LA Times
Contra Costa Times
New York Daily News
The Item

Related Post: Bad Economy=More Crime?
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May 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

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