Oh Look, Some Police Do Know How To Use Craigslist As A Tool

from the yet-again dept

We keep hearing stories of law enforcement officials, such as Sheriff Thomas Dart of Cook County Illinois, trying to blame Craigslist for the actions of its users, rather than recognizing that Craigslist can be a great tool for actually monitoring and tracking down crime. Some are realizing this, and Eric Goldman point us to the latest example of this. Police in Palo Alto, California (right in the heart of Silicon Valley, so it's a good sign that they get this), used a Craigslist ad to help track down a bicycle thief. This is, obviously, a rather simple example, but it does make you wonder why more law enforcement agencies don't regularly do similar things. It has to be better than suing (or threatening to sue) Craigslist for the activities of its users.
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Filed Under: crime, law enforcement, palo alto
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    Nate (profile), 19 Nov 2009 @ 5:16am

    Keep in Mind...

    We always hear about the bad things that happen (blaming Craigslist) more than the good (using Craigslist) because the bad things are the outliers to what we think should be the status quo. I wouldn't be surprised if for every occurrence of officers blaming Craigslist for the actions of its users there are 100 others taking advantage.

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