YouTube Takes A Byte Out Of Crime
from the busted dept
A week ago, we reported how a Canadian cop put a surveillance video up on YouTube in hopes that it would help solve a murder in a nightclub. A week later, a suspect has turned himself in, and the cops are crediting YouTube -- sort of. One said there's "little doubt that the extra media generated by the use of YouTube contributed to the fact that this man turned himself in", so it's not clear if putting the video up on the site, or rather the extra attention the case got from the media because the police had done so was what did it. Still, that's not necessarily important, really, but perhaps the experience will illustrate to other police departments that if they want video broadcasts to help nail criminals, they need to go where the viewers are -- and increasingly, that's online.