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Using Backpage and Craiglist to Catch Alleged Predators

If you think going on backpage.com or craigslist.com to pick up prostitutes is safe or fun, think again. Many men, and, to a lesser extent women, have gone onto websites like backpage.com and craigslist.com to find a date and have wound up in jail. Sheriff’s Offices through Florida patrol and use fake posts in the leading websites to nail unsuspecting, would-be paying men and women for sex with the ladies and guys of the night. There is also a bigger problem lurking in the “big two” websites: Unscrupulous law enforcement officers, who will start up a chat with the customer looking for sex, and turn the conversation of a person who would otherwise never consider sex with a child into a conversation about child pornography or meeting up with an… […]

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What is Predictive Policing?

What is Predictive Policing?

Palm Beach County Law Enforcement is looking into using a new form of technology that may actually decrease the crime rate. Several other counties across the nation are adopting the use of “predictive policing,” a technology that collects and analyzes statistical data that supposedly gives police the ability to predict a potential crime scene. The use of this technology may have a dramatic impact on arrests, but it may also cause problems because technology may not always be reliable. Predictive Policing According to WPTV News, “predictive policing” is software that collects crime-suspect and trend data, analyzes it and compiles a list of crimes that may occur. Predictive policing differs from technology most police agencies now use, which compiles data after the fact to plot crime patterns. “Right now we look… […]

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How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

Drug-related crime covers a significant percentage of all crime committed in South Florida. Many officials believe that the huge drug problem in our area is due to the close proximity to international ports. International ports make it much easier for drug traffickers to transport large amounts of drugs to South Florida for distribution elsewhere. However, criminals are becoming more creative with their distribution methods – including using the Internet. Drug Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a new form of drug distribution is catching the attention of law enforcement. Two U.S. senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency. Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website… […]

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How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

Drug-related crime covers a significant percentage of all crime committed in South Florida. Many officials believe that the huge drug problem in our area is due to the close proximity to international ports. International ports make it much easier for drug traffickers to transport large amounts of drugs to South Florida for distribution elsewhere. However, criminals are becoming more creative with their distribution methods – including using the Internet. Drug Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a new form of drug distribution is catching the attention of law enforcement. Two U.S. senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency. Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website… […]

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Burglary Busted By Myspace

Burglary Busted By Myspace

According to an article in WPTV News, a Florida Keys teen was arrested Sunday evening after a home that was burglarized was found to have a computer logged into the young man’s MySpace account, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office says a caretaker for the home on Sugarloaf Key reported the burglary when the caretaker was preparing to remove hurricane shutters from a door and saw someone sitting on the living room couch. Deputies arriving at the home found no one inside, but they did find a back window open, empty soda and food containers, and some marijuana on a coffee table. The deputies also found a bedroom computer turned on and logged into the MySpace account of Robert Rupp, 18, of Big Coppitt Key, the… […]

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