Web sites featuring criminals from sex offenders to suspected terrorists aren't new, but recently, law enforcement agencies are making it harder and harder for criminals to escape the view of the vigilant.
This suspect on bankbandits.org may have knocked over United Bank on K Street in Washington July 14.
For instance, Chicago-area law enforcement agencies, in cooperation with local banks, recently launched bandittrackerchicago.com, with photos and videos of suspects. In the Windy City, bank robberies are nearly a daily occurrence, with 120 episodes so far this year, according to the site.
The site also helpfully links to similar Websites around the country. Residents of the Washington, D.C., area, for example, can connect to bankbandits.org.
(You can hear about this site directly from the horse’s mouth on the FBI Website here.)
But maybe the most comprehensive site comes from the FBI, with links to wanted terrorists, kidnappers and others, including the legendary Ten Most Wanted list. (Currently, it has Usama bin Laden and nine others.)
Take a look at the site. You might be surprised at who you see.
So, for empowering citizens to help the professional crime-fighters, and for making it that much harder for the bad guys to find a place to hide, the FBI site www.fbi.gov/wanted/unkn/unkn.htm is the Government Video Website of the Week.
And check out last week’s Website of the Week, where the Department of Homeland Security gives citizens a chance to weigh in on its Quadrennial Review.
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