Police Using Social Media To Solve Crime (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

December 31, 2013 Updated Dec 31, 2013 at 7:21 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Fort Wayne police are doing their best to keep up with trends in crime, including using new tools in their investigations.

As time and technology have evolved, so have the investigative techniques of police officers and detectives.

They've had to adapt their methods of investigation to match the explosion of social networking sites on the Internet.

According to a Fort Wayne police department spokesman, it's not like they have teams of officers checking Facebook and other social media sites every day.

But there are people in our city and other cities who like to promote their activities on social sites.

And if an investigation or tip steers police that way, those sites will be examined for evidence related to criminal activity.

And don't be fooled into thinking you can create a fake profile to protect your identity.

“You can project a false or fake facade. But somebody's responsible for that account. And that somebody we can always go back to. There's always a way for us, and if not us, Facebook, to go back and to find out who's responsible for that account,” says department spokesman Officer Michael Joyner.

If you are threatened on a social media site, you should file a report with the police department so detectives have something to investigate.

That way, in case something should happen to you, or someone tries to do something to you, officers have a starting point.

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