How Cops Use Social Media, SMS to Fight Crime

A limited study of 50 convicted burglars in the U.K. reveals what most of us knew already: if you tweet or post a Facebook status about your vacation in Cancun, a criminal in your hometown may target your house for a break-in. He or she may even use Google Street View to case the joint.

But law enforcement is fighting back, solving crimes using the same social media that makes it easy for people to become victims. The Boston Globe reports in today’s editions that the Boston Police Department has had “amazing” results with its use of social media and its Text-A-Tip campaigns.

One of the biggest lessons for cops on social media? Try not to sound like cops.