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Police in Southwest Florida discover that social media can help solve crime

Police in Southwest Florida discover that social media can help solve crime | Social Media Security | Scoop.it

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A WINK News investigation discovers a crime fighting tool in town and it's helping to protect you. Call for Action Investigator Genevieve Judge found out how social media is making you safe and could even make you some quick cash.

 

Lt. Anthony Sizemore and Detective Sergeant Dana Coston are in charge of social media for the Cape Coral Police Department.

 

They started their social media campaign of solving crimes, one wall post or tweet at a time, about 18 months ago.

 

But Cape Coral isn't alone. The Fort Myers Police Department, the Charlotte, Lee and Collier County Sheriff's Office and Southwest Florida Crimestoppers all have Facebook and Twitter accounts. Some have YouTube like the Cape Coral Police Department, to show surveillance video like this of two people breaking into a veterinary office in June.

 

WINK News discovered it works so well, it's being done almost everywhere. A survey done by Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions in July shows out of more than 1,200 law enforcement agencies nationwide, 83 percent are using social media to help with investigations.

 

And it can even make you some money, if you follow your local law enforcement online. Southwest Florida Crimestoppers has made 49 arrests in the last year, through social media, the web, texting, Facebook and Twitter. Through those arrests, Crimestoppers has paid out $10,655 in rewards and those tips have also taken $13,900 worth of drugs off the streets...

 

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I had always imagined that law enforcement agencies had been using social media since its existence, but didn't realize the full extent! According to this article, over 1,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, and about 83% in all, are using social media to help with investigations. With the help of social media, southwest Florida police departments have taken about $14,000 worth of drugs off the streets. I guess it only makes sense. Since word of mouth is the most useful form of marketing in the business world, it seems fair to say it is just as useful in the law enforcement world. With a vast community of people willing to help, the police are better suited to keep bad guys off the streets. I find it interesting that no matter the message being portrayed, if it catches on in social media, people will ALWAYS follow.

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Dangers of over-sharing on social media

High profile celebrities and everyday Aussies are discovering the hard way that over-sharing on social media can have serious consequences.
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this video clip really brought to light the dangers of over-sharing on social media sites. I had never really thought about the idea that a simple post about where you are for the holidays could be indirectly telling strangers that your away and your home is empty. All it takes is a simple picture and some general information to be able to make a fake profile of an individual. that is why I am a strong believer in either setting your profiles to private and only making connections on such sites with people you are truly close with. I also like the idea that the video mentioned about making sure friends and family have to get your permission before they can upload a photo you are in. In conclusion, I do agree that the positives of social media outweigh the negatives, but it is important for everyone to know the dangers that do exist.

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How Safe is Social Media? 6 Social Media Security Risks for Businesses - Business 2 Community

How Safe is Social Media? 6 Social Media Security Risks for Businesses - Business 2 Community | Social Media Security | Scoop.it
How Safe is Social Media? 6 Social Media Security Risks for Businesses http://t.co/ocKU13agZk #socialmedia

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This article discussed the safety of social media for businesses, and some of the things we might not even think about that could be dangerous. For one, there are thousands of malicious mobile apps out there, designed to degrade the use of one's mobile device, or even obtain personal information from the user. It is important that when using social media, you make sure to download the "official" app of the desired network you wish to add. One other thing that the article pointed out that really stuck with me was the idea that negative advertising sticks with consumers a lot more than positive advertising for the most part. For example, if a company were to have their social media pages hacked, there is a vast of detrimental damage that could be done. The article pointed out an example of a tweet from Burger King saying they had been bought out by McDonald's. Though amusing, there are many other things that could be posted to hurt a company's reputation. Lastly, the social media era has gotten more and more employees in trouble over the years for posting things like negative information about the company they work for or their boss. Always keep in mind those individuals who might be reading what you post on the internet!

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