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Police Are Monitoring Instagram

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With the use of social media growing, the police have found it increasingly useful to use social media to help with investigations and even arrest some users. We share a lot about ourselves on social media, from favourite films, to our location, so why wouldn’t policemen use that to their advantage?

Recently a 17 year old was arrested by the NYPD (New York Police Department), the evidence used to arrest him collected from his Instagram. Demidism or Demid Lebedev was charged with reckless endangerment and trespassing after he allegedly climbed the skyscraper being built at 432 Park Avenue, New York City. Demid posted a picture on his Instagram of his climb. Browsing through his Instagram, most of his pictures are beautiful and dizzying snaps of the Manhattan skyline.  This proves that it is not the first time this teenager has legally or illegally climbed skyscrapers to delight his 8,000 followers.


This crackdown on people trying to become modern Spidermen is happening because of the danger it represents. These teenagers may take more risks in order to outdo each other on Instagram; a Russian tourist was even arrested for climbing the Brooklyn Bridge to take a selfie

Instagram isn't only used to catch teenagers trying to take pretty pictures to attract more followers, it has recently been used to make 350 drug related arrests. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) realized that drug lords and drug dealers liked to brag about their lavish life style on Instagram and even posted pictures of their drugs. By monitoring certain key words they were able to find and arrest 350 people, a record breaking amount. In one case, a drug dealer bragged that the police were never going to catch him or find his remote drug warehouse, but forgot to not geotag his location. Instagram led the police right to him.

The moral of the story is that if you're going to do something illegal then don't brag about it on Instagram or any social media platform. If you're stupid enough to think the police won't ever catch you and brag about, remember to not let Instagram geotag your location.


Laura is a recent graduate from University of East Anglia in Film and Television Studies, currently interning as a content writer but hoping to one day live off her writing. Follow her @LauraAtSMF.

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Police Are Monitoring Instagram Reviewed by Laura Veit on Monday, October 06, 2014 Rating: 5
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