YouTube Justice: Online Surveillance Videos Put 100 Criminals in Jail

Aside from being excellent blog fodder, the Philadelphia Police Department’s YouTube surveillance videos are proving pretty handy in the ongoing effort to rid Philadelphia of scumbag criminals.

In order to elicit more tips from the public, the PPD began posting surveillance footage to YouTube a little over two years ago, reports Technically Philly. They’ve since posted some 200 videos online, leading to 100 local arrests. According to the department, the stats suggest that the YouTube videos have actually given way to a more participation from concerned citizens:

  • 100 criminals arrested
  • 39% chance of arrest*  (* when a crime video is disseminated through social media)
  • 47,000 Facebook likes
  • 11,000 Twitter followers
  • 2.3 million Youtube views


A recent Philly Police blog post boasts that the department has “become a model for others in law enforcement by using YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to leverage the strong support of our citizens.” We’re inclined to agree; this is a good thing for the city. Let’s just not forget that the whole YouTube effect cuts both ways.

Source: Philly Police Blog, Technically Philly

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