MALDEN (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - The Malden Police Department is straying away from old-fashioned detective work and turning to YouTube in order to crack the case.
The city of Malden struggles with the same crimes as every other city, but their approach to solving cases is cutting edge.
Police are reaching out to the community and uploading unsolved crime footage to YouTube.
"It's an idea the department had a few weeks ago. A way of blending a popular social networking too with something the department has a lot of [video footage]."
Since video footage is the most common form of evidence, police created a YouTube channel posting surveillance videos of suspect that are currently on the loose.
The video footage comes local businesses, but also from numerous cameras positioned throughout the city.
"We've had the Youtube Channel, public safety awareness online forums, we have our own Facebook page so we've really been trying to collaborate on trying to reduce crime."
Under each YouTube clip is a description of which person police are trying to identify and a number the public can call with information. People can also leave an anonymous tip on the department's website.
"I would hope we're ahead of the curve but we're just trying to use the technologies as best we can to our advantage."
The city plans to continue to use social networking sites for increased public safety.