More positive press for Interactive Defense

Posted: December 1, 2010 by chrisbagley in F3 Technologies, Interactive Defense, Uncategorized
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Jason Muenzer of Noble Heroes, Inc., F3’s partner in anti-crime, sent along a link to this article about the Interactive Defense System that Patch.com published yesterday.

It’s very well written, and I believe it’s more comprehensive than earlier articles and TV reports about IDS. It even contains a few details on one of the arrests that were new to me:

The first happened just days before the site went live. Officers were investigating a home burglary in Dunwoody, and sent an email out to a neighborhood watch group – within the hour, a person wrote in with information about the vehicle they’d seen at the scene of the crime.

Within three days, police had a warrant on the vehicle. The suspect’s mug shot and information was put onto Interactive Defense, and he was later identified when a news program showed the mug shot on air.

But what led to the identification was the initial email, (Ofc. William) Furman said, which was the old way of doing things.

“That’s kind of what we started with,” Furman said. “We were relying on a grapevine email technique.”

This is particularly interesting because it illustrates how police rely on a variety of crime-fighting tools. We’re happy to be one more weapon in their arsenal!

Just FYI, Patch.com is a network of local news websites run by AOL. I think this is the first Patch.com article I’ve seen, but I’ll make sure it’s not the last. A big thank you to Patch and writer Peter Cox.

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Comments
  1. jerry sloan says:

    From the article, it states that there are no subscription revenues form this deal. Is IDS only going to generate revenues from ads or was Dunwoody an exception as they were first? I hear that no ads have yet to appear on the Dunwoody site. When do your expect to start getting ads?

  2. Jack Garrison says:

    Here’s an IDS referral for you…

    Law enforcement agencies in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area are looking for a few good fans.

    At least 10 agencies in the area are using Facebook to communicate with the public and to try to improve public relations.

    Police in Birmingham, Gardendale and Irondale and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office have also started Twitter accounts. Law enforcement officials say the social networking tools give them an avenue to communicate with the public and keep residents knowledgeable about crime and safety.

    http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/11/with_social_media_sites_police.html

    At least 18 law enforcement agencies statewide (Alabama) are using Facebook, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police website.

    http://www.theiacp.org/

    Keep up the great work!