“3 out of 4 Tips via Twitter” – Dutch Chief of Police

Around a year ago, I wrote a post called Social Media Forces Helping Police Clean Up Psychos. In a nutshell, the post was about a few occurrences where Twitter and blogs seem to have saved the day through relaying information about criminals!

Now, this phenomenon seems to be spreading more and more and even the police started to depend on social media in their quest for capturing criminals and unveiling the truth. Here’s the latest story:

A chief of police in Holland wrote on his blog, he believes that, within a few years, Twitter will be more important than TV when asking the public to help them solve crimes/find criminals. He refers to a case of the recent assault of a 13-year old where three quarters all of all tips were received through Twitter and led to the imminent arrest of the alleged culprit.

Apparently, the impact of Twitter vs. the television was highly impressive, even to the police themselves were amazed!

Dutch Police on Twitter by Town [translated from Dutch]

Dutch Police on Twitter by Town (translated from Dutch)

If you can read Dutch, here’s a link to the main article (since I could not find it in English and the translation is weak): Click here.

Otherwise, I would love to hear your opinion about this: Does this piece of news encourage you to create a Twitter account? Do you feel safer that the police have more backup now that the social media “forces” are here?

Looking forward to reading your feedback in the comments section :)

Comments and Reactions

  • johnmcgrann

    Great news for law abiding people everywhere :-)

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com M.Bamieh

    This doesn't make a lot of sense since for a lot of people they don't rely on Twitter, even power Twitter users don't rely on getting more than 75% of their information through Twitter so i find it funny that the police are willing to do so .

  • http://www.pursuances.com/2010/05/21/the-future-of-policing-the-twitter-beat/ The Future of Policing: The Twitter Beat | Pursuances

    [...] are using new media tools to solve crimes and share critical public safety information. A Dutch police department asked for tips on cold cases, for example — and 75% of leads came through Twitter. Police [...]

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