Technology Helping to Solve Crimes


By Ellis Eskew

The suspects in the Boston marathon bombings were able to be quickly identified because of today's technology.
Now that cell phone pictures and video are so common, law enforcement say it makes their job a lot easier... But it also can have a negative side.

Niaesha Dixon says she checks her smart phone all the time...
and she likes the constant flow of information that it provides.

 "Readily at my fingertips being able to Google search, mapquest, whatever I need is right there," said Dixon.

Since it's so easy to snap pictures or record video with your phone, for law enforcement, it's a huge key in solving crimes.

"The partnership between citizens and law enforcement is so important  to have that trust level and partnership that people will come in say, 'hey I may have who you are looking for on my cell phone, cause I was taking a picture of this, but I may have this.' So this has been a great asset for us," said Public Safety Director Chris Murphy.

Murphy says it wasn't always this way.

"When I first started law enforcement 35 years ago, you had a good eye witness but you had to have a police artist or identification kit. And it was pretty good that was the likeness of the suspect."

But all the technology also has a down side...
And Dixon says she knows she needs to protect herself.

"On my security sections, I make sure I block out certain things, where I'm at, my location. I don't put in every detail, where I'm logging in from, I make sure all that is blocked out," said Dixon.

And she's conscious of what pictures she posts, which  Murphy says is a good rule to follow.

"It kind of makes us honest. We tell our police officers and fire fighters if you don't want it on the evening news, don't do it."


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