Wanted Criminal Pinterest Page Helps Local Police Fight Crime
The Pottstown Mercury has aided local law enforcement by creating a pin board for suspected offenders on the social bookmarking site.
The latest trend to hit the Pinterest boards may not be the prettiest to browse, but The Pottstown Mercury, out of Pottstown, PA, reports that, thanks to their social bookmarking efforts, arrests in the city have increased by 58 percent.
In July of this year The Mercury began pinning the arrest photos of wanted persons from local police departments in the hopes that readers would be able to help pinpoint their locations. Currently the board has 58 pins and 810 followers.
This is not the first time social networks have been used to empower law enforcement. In October of 2011 the Portland Police Department posted the arrest photos of several members of the local Occupy Wall Street movement along with their names and charges.