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Camera Alerts Hit Two Million Mark

November 14, 2012, 5:05 pm

West Yorkshire Polices crime-fighting websites have attracted more than two million visitors in the last nine months.

The revamped ‘Camera Alerts’ section of the West Yorkshire Police website – went live in February to enlist the support of residents in cracking crime.

So far there has been a hit for almost every resident in West Yorkshire and police are hoping to attract even more visitors.

Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan, head of the Forces Quality and Standards Department, said: “We are delighted with the response from the public and would appeal to them to continue to check out the sites to help us tackle crime and identify those responsible.

“This is an important area of police business and to have such large numbers of traffic coming to the sections is great news.”

There are four sections of the Camera Alerts site – Caught on Camera, In the Dock, Wanted on Warrant and Graffiti Alerts.

The four sections have been available previously but now Camera Alerts brings them together under one, easy to use and easy to navigate section.

They all represent a vital crime fighting tool and it is hoped that even more people will visit to help police to potentially crack crime.

The Caught on Camera section shows images of people officers want to speak to in connection with the enquiries. Images can be of potential suspects and witnesses.

It has proved particularly successful. In the four years it has been running – since October 2008 – there have been a total of 2,255 identifications. Around 120 new images are made live every week.

In the Dock has on it pictures of adults given custodial sentences at the county’s crown courts and was launched to inform the public of the work of the criminal justice system across the county.

People wanted on warrant also have their mugshots uploaded on to the site so anyone who spots them can contact police with information.

Graffiti Alerts shows tags that have been sprayed across West Yorkshire.

Chief Superintendent Callaghan added: “I would ask everyone to go on the website to see if they can help in a police enquiry – the more people we have visiting it and talking about it – the more we can help in the fight against crime.”

The information is also available on the Forces social network sites including Facebook and Twitter.

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