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Modern Technology Helping Law Enforcement Solve Crimes Quicker

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Modern technology is helping law enforcement solves crimes more quickly. Modern technology is helping law enforcement solves crimes more quickly.

Anderson University Criminologist Professor Jeff Black remembers what it was like to be a police officer back in the 1980's, before the age of cell phones and Facebook.

"It was certainly different," Black said. "It required a lot more effort as far as knocking on doors and talking to people."

Black says the business of catching crooks has changed since then. 

"Picture camera, cell phones they have become much more common in our culture," Black said. 

When no one is around with a cell phone, Greenville Police say 20 cameras are always watching and have helped solve dozens of crimes. 

Police say in February 2010 cameras caught surveillance photos of teenagers beheading a statue near the Peace Center. Police say the surveillance cameras also helped solve a brutal assault in the Richardson Street parking garage in 2011. 

"The technology is tremendously helpful in identifying people and folks that might be on the scene," Black said. 

Black says investigators also rely heavily on cell phone technology like GPS tracking. 

"We can identify who was on a particular tower at a given time who was at a particular location at a given time," Black said. 

Making it much easier to close in when a criminal is on the run. It all makes Black question why more people don't think twice before committing a crime. 

"We are being filmed constantly and were being watched constantly," Black said. 

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