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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Facebook helping to fight crime!

In South Africa, Cape Town, people turn to social media to help track down criminals and to identify crime hot spots. The facebook page Traffic fines, camera's & updates in Western Cape is a good example: http://www.facebook.com/TrafficWC?fref=ts. It has almost 30,000 likes and people post on crime incidents they've experienced to warn others. According to the founder, it is the fastest growing Facebook page in South Africa. They provide real time information about robberies, shootings and other criminal activities and this reflect the aim of the page, which was set up to 'reduce crime and corruption in the area.'


One user, Natasha Tischendorf, warns women not to go to the N1 City Mall: 'I personally know of 3 ladies whose handbags were stolen this month. Looks like thieves are targeting the mall!' Someone replied: 'This is the truth. The thieves are women who steal handbags. My cousin and her baby were at the mall and when they went in the security told her to keep her bag close because they're stealing bags.' 

The Facebook page 'is it stolen' is another good example: http://www.facebook.com/StolenWC?fref=ts. This page has more than 6,000 likes and people share their experiences with crime.