Would-be criminals are being warned to watch out as police are broadcasting high-definition CCTV footage on social media. Blackpool South Shore Police have released images from CCTV footage showing a man and woman responsible for distracting and stealing a purse from an elderly lady in an Aldi store in Blackpool.
Images of the pair, which were captured on cameras by Hadrian Technology, have appeared on Facebook, with the intention of encouraging local residents to circulate the post in a bid to hunt down the thieves. The images, which clearly identify the individuals responsible for this crime, lend themselves well to being shared on social media platforms by the police, which are increasingly being used in a bid to encourage local communities to share such posts and help arrest those caught on camera.
The images captured in the Aldi store were taken with HD-SDI technology. Gary Trotter from Hadrian Technology said: “I applaud the police for their initiative. It is bound to have a positive impact both on the prevention and conviction rate of crime in the retail environment. Previous to HD-SDI, the quality of CCTV imagery was simply too poor to be used in this way.”