Imagine having your house burglarized in 1983 and then 31 years later finding your missing jewelry on Pinterest? Sound far-fetched? It’s not! This is a true story, thanks to the Redwood City Police Department.
In February, the Redwood City Police stopped a vehicle that contained several bags of jewelry that appeared to be stolen. So they asked the public for more information by posting photos of the pieces on their social media platforms.
This was one of the pieces:
Redwood City PD is a very social media-savvy organization with a Twitter and Facebook presence in addition to Pinterest. In fact, they created a Pinterest board devoted solely to Recovered Property, where they display photographs of property (mainly jewelry and bicycles) that the police has recovered, making it easy for the general public to search the site for their missing property. And don’t think about trying to claim jewelry that isn’t yours. People have to present proof of ownership such as a case number or receipt or photo in order to claim the stolen property.
Within eight hours of posting on social media, three different people had notified the police that they knew who the owner was, using private databases to research the names engraved on the bracelet. The police were able to contact the owner and return her bracelet. And, she was the fourth person to be reunited with lost stolen property since the Pinterest site was launched 2 months ago! Impressive.
Do you think more police departments should follow Redwood City’s example?