WeChat is a marvelous, all-encompassing tool. The app can already be used to set up business campaigns, to call and pay for taxis in Beijing, and has even helped in pushing forward a $13 million deal in New York. Now, Shanghai police are using the service as a warning device against shoplifting.
Police in Changning and Minhang districts have already done some trial runs and the results were apparently above all expectations.
“Between December 21-27 last year, police handled 74 theft cases in Qibao, Minhang. After the trial started, from February 15-21, the number dropped to six, and from April 5-11 it fell to zero,” Ecns.cn reported.
The concept is simple, but Wechat’s crazy popularity in China is what makes it effective. “All we do is swap pictures,” said a police officer in Changning’s Tianshan area. WeChat allows “business owners to immediately post suspect sightings and theft reports, which help police officers in their area get to the scene right away,” specifies Global Times.
And because cops like to geek-out like the rest of us.
By Aliaume Leroy