Crimestoppers puts Most Wanted list on Facebook

Crimestoppers is using social networking site Facebook to publicise its Most Wanted appeals, which give details of suspects police are looking for, alongside photos and CCTV footage. Before now they were shown only on the charity's website.

Crimestoppers’ new Facebook page also contains case studies, YouTube videos and a discussion forum on crime topics such as gun and knife crime, and police stop-and-search powers.

“Social networking sites are becoming increasingly important media outlets for charities because they have the potential to reach huge untapped audiences, especially among young people,” said Hannah Daws, communications manager for Crimestoppers. “Our mission on Facebook is to tell more people about the invaluable community service we provide.”

The Most Wanted appeals are chosen by the police. Since it launched in 1988, the charity has received nearly 980,000 calls with useful information.

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