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Using Social Media To Solve Crime

Citizens and law enforcement officers are turning more and more to social media in order to track down criminals. On Monday morning Meagan Pattis, 27, left her Jeep Cherokee Sport, affectionately named “Wilma,” running in the driveway of her Coeur d'Alene home. Just minutes after she walked back into her residence, she heard the engine of her vehicle revving. By the time she got outside, the car was gone. “I contacted the police and then went to work,” Pattis said. “When I got to work I decided to send out a Facebook post with a picture of the car so people would be on the lookout. My roommate did the same thing.” It wasn't long before the Facebook post turned up a lead on the missing vehicle. One of her roommate's friends called and said a vehicle with matching plates had parked in the driveway of his Hauser home/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How does the social media keep you aware of possible criminal activity in your neighborhood?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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