The Chinese government has begun to tighten controls on the internet as the police announced in August the arrests of about 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardized Internet security.”
Following the death of the 23 year old paramedical student in the capital city of Delhi in India who was brutally gang raped and assaulted on December 16th has put the spotlight on crimes against women in that country.
88 percent of law enforcement agencies use social media to investigate crimes.
Cincinnati police investigators stumbled upon an online video last year showing an act of armed robbery, helpfully taped by the perpetrators themselves. The city’s Real Time Crime Center analysts found the footage on a Facebook page while using the popular social-media site to investigate another crime. The suspects were eventually arrested.
Pedro Alonzo Lopez, The ‘Monster of the Andes’
Serial killers gain their notoriety in several ways. They can gain notoriety by the bizarre or brutal methods they use to single out and kill their victims, or by the sheer number of killings they carry out.
The Santa Cruz police department doesn’t utilize mutant precogs but a computer program that can predict when and where crimes will occur.
The police force in Santa Cruz, California is performing a little experiment. They are using computer programs to predict where crimes will occur, and then sending officers to those areas before any crimes are reported, just like in Minority Report.
The prison system has many more Hispanics than it did 10 years ago.
Hispanics now comprising half of all people sentenced for felony crimes in the U.S. Programs like Operation Streamline, institute a “zero tolerance policy” for illegal border crossings where immigration crimes have skyrocketed.
“Katie’s Law” which was passed in 2009 and created the expanded DNA sampling program.
A law that expanded the number of people who must submit DNA samples has linked crime suspects to 40 unsolved sex assaults, burglaries, arsons and robberies across Colorado, authorities say.
On the left an SPFXMasks employee sprays a layer of paint on a mask called “The Player.” That model was used by a white man, right, in a string of robberies in Ohio.
They’re not just for Halloween anymore. Expensive, realistic masks — the kind that are the hit of the costume party — are increasingly being used out of season, and not always for laughs.
Serial killers of the sea
Great white sharks hunt down their prey in the same way as serial killers, scientists have found. Researchers used methods copied from criminology to show that great whites pick their targets in a highly focused fashion.
Collecting DNA from an inmate
Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. The move, intended to help solve more crimes, is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent.
The EPA’s most-wanted fugitive list is filled with people who smuggled ozone-depleters, dumped toxins into the water supply, and committed other criminal acts of despoilment (The EPA notes: “Do not attempt to apprehend any of these individuals”). Alas, there are no senior execs from Fortune 100 chemical companies who dump millions of gallons of petroleum into the ocean, or sell carcinogenic pesticides, or manufacture cars that get 0.5 miles to the gallon.