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NCJ Number: 250840 Find in a Library
Title: Social Media and Crime Prevention Fact Sheet
Corporate Author: IACP Center for Social Media
United States of America
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 1
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
IACP Center for Social Media
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Factsheet; Instructional Material; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document (Online); Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This fact sheet explains why and how law enforcement agencies should use social media to promote crime prevention.
Abstract: Social media provide law enforcement agencies with access to community residents who have concerns and questions about how they and their family members can reduce the risk for various types of criminal victimization. Websites and social media pages are important platforms for posting crime prevention tips, which may be tailored to crime prevention emphases in various months of the year. Neighborhood Watch Groups can also receive various crime prevention suggestions that address crimes that may be prevalent in particular neighborhoods. Another social media format for crime prevention education is the development of a blog that focuses on crime prevention as a subject for information exchanges and inquiries. An additional suggestion is the hosting of a crime prevention web chat by police leaders in which they interface with residents regarding ways to prevent various types of crime. A podcast - an audio presentation that can be posted to a website and downloaded for playing at the convenience of the user - is another social media platform for engaging people in learning about preventing various crime types.
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Communication techniques; Community crime prevention programs; Crime prevention education; Crime prevention planning; Social Media
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