Social media has obviously come a long way since its inception – which if you think about it, speaks volumes since it only came into existence a mere ten to fifteen years ago. Since its creation, users far and wide have recognized its potential and have taken full advantage of that potential by shedding light, sharing opinions, and creating forums on some of the most mundane things as well as some of the most important things we as a society encounter every day.
Local Philadelphians are just some of the many people utilizing social media to help raise awareness about their mission. This particular mission is to combat a serial killer known as “The Kensington Strangler” who is currently responsible for three homicides in a Philadelphia neighborhood. Authorities are urging local individuals to be their eyes, but to be careful not to take matters into their own hands.
While some are pairing up at night to patrol the streets of the Kengsington district in search for any suspicious activity, others have taken to Facebook to spread the word about the killer in an effort to notify any and all who may be aware of the situation or who live in the area. The page is called “Catch the Kensington Strangler” and currently has 39 members.
Social media will allow those who aren’t directly affected to help solve a series of unfortunate crimes that have cut the lives short for three unsuspecting victims. The goal is to avoid any further murders. As is the case with many social media initiatives such as this one, reaching one person can, in effect, reach 100. And while spreading the word on the streets can aid in a situation like this, social networking allows the potential of that word to spread ten times faster.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of social media playing an integral part in crime-stopping. Many cities are using social media as another form of creating justice. Birmhingham, Alabama and Frisco, Texas are just a couple cities who are taking advantage.
This Mashable.com article gives insight into how authorities are using social networking platforms to stop law breakers. As is stated in the article, law enforcement officials are no longer just using social media to fight Internet-related crimes. Online tools such as police blotter blogs, a digital “wanted poster,” and Twitter usage to inform the public to avoid a certain area are just some of the many new ways local authorities are dropping crime numbers.
If there is ever a crime in your area and you would like to aid in catching the culprit, social media can have a significant impact on bringing the evil-doer to justice. Just make a Facebook page to spread the word!
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