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Hewdy, The Americas! Wake up! Billboards is a great tactical tool against crime, says FBI.

Crime fighters Billboards

Crime fighting doesn’t get much simpler than this: When Virginia drug suspect Edward Myricks eyed his photo on a giant digital billboard, he knew his run from the authorities was over.

“We posted his photo on billboards in Newark (after learning the suspect had traveled there), and when he saw the billboards he turned himself in on March 11,” Chris Allen, an FBI spokesman, says.

The FBI’s use of digital billboards to help capture elusive criminals has expanded from a one-city test in 2007 to a growing network that now covers more than 40 states this year. Allen says the billboards can be directly tied to solving 35 cases in the past two years.

“It is a real force multiplier,” Allen says. “We can put 10 agents on a case. But when we put information on a billboard, all of a sudden we have 500,000 sets of eyes looking for what we are looking for.”

The FBI also credits the billboard project with leading to the apprehension of s…  READ MORE HERE.