Fairfield police using Internet to solve crimes

Fairfield police are encouraging the public to help them find crime suspects by posting surveillance videos on the Internet.

Police said they have been using the technique for more than a week. They are hoping that since a lot of people spend their time watching videos online, many will watch videos of crimes caught on surveillance cameras.

Police said looking at video could be more effective than looking at a still photo because it shows different sides of the suspect, mannerisms and possibly how the suspect talks.

Fairfield is one of the only towns in southwestern Connecticut posting surveillance videos on its Web site. Weston police use the Internet to send e-mail to residents letting them know about crimes in their community, but residents have to sign up for it.

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