Sunday, October 12, 2008

Web-based Crime Stoppers

Philadelphia Daily News
OpEd Page

In "Julius Caesar," Mark Anthony foreshadowed impending conflict and its foot soldiers, "the dogs of war."

In Philadelphia and Calgary, Canada, recent stolen-goods recoveries point the way toward a new approach to solving property theft and other nonviolent crimes. The foot soldiers in these battles were facile Web users who identified the thieves, helped return the stolen property and made law enforcement's job much easier.

If Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is listening, there's a phenomenal opportunity here for a big Bureau of Justice Assistance grant that can revolutionize the investigation of nonviolent property crime and perhaps other classes of offenses as well.

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