Police, public share site for crime tips

Police around the state have been using http://canyouid.me/ to post and share pictures of suspects, witnesses or people they want to talk to regarding potential crimes.

The difference with this service, though, is the public can check it out too.

The site’s been around since August 2010. It started in Lake Forest Park and since has spread across Washington, though posts primarily come from Western Washington.

Only police can post. Local involvement includes Everett, Lynnwood and Marysville.

Earlier this week, I talked to the site’s creator, Lake Forest Park police detective Tony Matthews. He credits the technical development to a former city IT staffer, Terry James, who now works for the city of Shelton.

Before the site, people had to visit individual police department website to see any surveillance stills from crime scenes, he said. Now, it’s all in one place and open to everyone.

Inactive cases can be included, because a fresh tip could generate new leads, he said.

In October, the site reported 1,286 unique visitors and 12,839 page views, Matthews said. The average viewer spent 2 minutes, 15 seconds on the site and visited 8 to 9 pages.

The site also can include property crimes and lower-level crimes that don’t always make news reports, such as burglaries and credit card thefts.

We haven’t heard of any high-profile arrests in Snohomish County coming from people visiting the site, but it’s a neat idea to be sure.

See the pictures: http://canyouid.me/

More in Local News

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

John Miller, congressman, author activist, has died

He was known for his dedication to the marine industry, energy and human rights.

Church takes a quiet, contemplative approach to worship

Alternative services at First Congregational Church of Maltby offer “a good deal of silence.”

Search on for mildly autistic boy in Lynnwood

Six-year-old was last seen in his home around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Funds up for council vote would aid conservation district

District stands to receive an extra $1 million each year, if the County Council gives its approval.

Snohomish County hosts its annual Focus on Farming conference

The event features a trade show as well as talks on agriculture, jam-making and more.

Supportive housing for man accused in attacking his mother

Mental state impaired man’s ability to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions, judge rules.

Lynnwood mayor challenged by councilman in general election

Three City Council members also are facing challengers on the Nov. 7 ballot.

‘Horrific’ child-porn case: Former Arlington man sentenced

Raymond Devore, arrested in 2015, had a cache of disturbing photos and video on his cellphone.

Most Read