NYPD says social networking led to all-time low murder rate in 2012

By Shawn Knight
Feb 26, 2013
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  1. The NYPD says the city’s murder rate hit an all-time low last year thanks largely in part to social networking sites like Facebook. It’s all part of a new creative strategy that police are using to target young gang members...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,330   +380

    "It would seem like a no-brainer to avoid posting threats or other damning evidence in such a public forum, but I digress."

    LOL - no kidding. Some real rocket scientists we're talking about here. But I'm kind of curious as to how many policemen/women are engaged in doing nothing but looking at FB and Twitter feeds?
  3. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 869   +129

    Whatever they are doing... they need to teach a thing or two to the Chicago police force.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,921   +724

    How about that. Gang member bragging about their exploits and threats on FB etc. Seems like a stupid thing to do but then again I'd assume you'd have to be pretty stupid to join some gang in the first place. Maybe these chumps don't know how to set the privacy settings in their social apps. Good on the cops.
  5. The calm before the storm? Sounds like it to me...
  6. Maybe the cops are getting around the private FB settings.
  7. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Amazing how stupid some people are, we had a case in Sweden where a girl taking a stance on a "hot topic" was threatened and ridiculed on Facebook at a big company FB page by thousands of people.

    Apparently the cops could not use the information posted there, they just dropped the case.
    But a reporter actually went home to some of those people and asked them why they had threatend her to life (which in itself can give jail time)
    What I took away from that was just how utterly stupid people are
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 212   +26

    While gang members are not likely rocket scientists, this new-found source of info is likely to last only as long as it takes for the gang members to realize that FB bragging is, essentially, snitching. IMHO, the NYPD would have done much better (though I bet the gangs would still figure it out) with this if they had not publicly said anything about these efforts. IMHO, there is stupidity on the part of both the gangs and the NYPD here.
  9. Chazz

    Chazz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 629   +59


    I personally think the NYPD are the stupid ones. Why brag about this, people will just stop making threats on FB once it becomes common knowledge.
  10. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Yea Chazz, I guess you are right, I assume I just had higher hopes for humanity "once it becomes common knowledge"
    I mean if it was not already then by dear god!
  11. You'd hope enough to detect pedophiles, rapists, murderers, drug dealers etc. It's not doing nothing, it is called intelligence gathering...
     


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