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Oct. 17, 2012 11:16 am

Philadelphia Police credit social media, Youtube for tips leading to 100 arrests

Two years ago, the Philadelphia Police Department began posting surveillance videos of crimes like burglaries, robberies and assaults on Youtube.

Two years ago, the Philadelphia Police Department began posting surveillance videos of crimes like burglaries, robberies and assaults on Youtube.

More than 200 videos and 2.3 million views later, the Department says it has made 100 arrests from tips through its social media and Youtube efforts.

The department launched a few new channels for citizens to submit tips, we reported this summer, including via its website, text and an app. In the first few months of the Text-a-Tip initiative, police received about 600 tips.

We’d also be remiss not to mention that, especially recently, Youtube and Philly cops aren’t always a winning combination.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called β€œIt’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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