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Spartanburg police use Facebook to fight crime

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A screen grab of Spartanburg Police's Facebook page featuring shoplifting arrests. (Feb. 5, 2013/Spartanburg Police Facebook page) A screen grab of Spartanburg Police's Facebook page featuring shoplifting arrests. (Feb. 5, 2013/Spartanburg Police Facebook page)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

With an increase in shoplifting, the Spartanburg Public Safety Department is rolling out a new plan that they hope will stop the crimes. 

The department is now social media savvy and is using tools like Facebook and Twitter to hopefully keep offenders from doing it again.

Capt. Art Littlejohn said the department posting arrests, unsolved crimes, major events, road closures, positive news and mugshots of people charged for shoplifting on the department's Facebook page.

Littlejohn said shoplifting cases are on the rise, with 614 incidents in 2010, 639 in 2011, and 897 last year. Police said they hope that by exposing shoplifting suspects, other people will be discouraged from breaking the law.

"Social media everybody sees it, everybody's on it," said Ashley Nesbitt with Town Beauty Supply Store. "I think it will slow down shoplifting, [in] my opinion."

Police hope by exposing the shoplifting suspects online, it will discourage other people from breaking the law. The department is working to get the word out about their social media accounts by passing out cards with QR barcodes on them along with decals on patrol cars so the public can use their smart phone to scan the code and follow police on social media.

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