Watch out London Rioters! The police are turning to Social Media to bust you! As the the 2011 London riots moved into their 3rd day, officials began turning to Social Media sites like Flickr to identify and catch troublemakers.
How London Police Are Using Flickr
London Metropolitan Police used their official Flickr account, MetropolitanPolice, to create an album named “London Disorder – Operation Withern“. The Flickr album contains 15 images so far of people rioting and breaking into stores like this KFC restaurant. The photos were captured using CCTV cameras.
According to a description posted with the photos, “Operation Withern’s priority is to bring to justice those who have committed violent and criminal acts. As the detailed and thorough investigation progresses we will be issuing photographs of suspects, like those of alleged looters we are releasing today . . . these CCTV images are from incidents of looting in Croydon over last night and Norwood Road SE27 in the early hours of this morning.”
See Anyone You Know?
Can you help the Metropolitan Police identify suspects wanted after the rioting and looting? London Police are asking for help. Do you recognize anyone in the photographs? If so, then please anonymously contact the Crimestoppers Major Investigation Team at +44 020 8345 4142.
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.