Increasing Amounts of Officers are Solving Crimes with Social Media

By: Elise Ying-Hei Ho - Published: Oct 23, 2012 • References: backgroundcheck.org
There have been multiple stories over the recent years about law enforcement solving crimes with social media. While there are various outlets, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter seem to be the most common.

A bragging confession usually turns out to be one of the most incriminating pieces of evidence. While YouTube is the most obvious, catching the criminal in the act, Facebook also proves their setting with the GPS location and check-ins. Social media and technology has evolved so quickly that a common response is to film, post or share these moments before calling for help. Although the Solving Crime with Social Media Infographic reveals that 80 percent of law enforcement officers use social media to conduct investigations, not all officers have the time or resources to access these posts.