So here is something called NOLA Crime Alerts:
An SMS (text message) based Crime Alert notification network allowing community members to warn other community members of recent and/or in-progress crimes. Timely warnings will help community members steer clear of “hot spots”, alert people of suspicious characters to watch out for, help track stolen vehicles and other items and further track crimes.
Unfortunately the public officials in New Orleans have not seen fit to properly address the severe crime problem in New Orleans, and while the Crime Alert Network does not address the roots of this problem, it is our hope that the network will help keep people a little bit safer, provide the community with all too often unreported details of crimes, and provide an independent log of crimes that occur in our city.
Is this actually going to be a helpful service, or will it just make everybody more freaked out and paranoid?
I don’t know. And I’m not in New Orleans, so I’m not passing judgment. I just wonder.
Might cross-post this on Murketing.com.