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Gatineau Police Uses QR Codes to Help Find Clues in Unsolved Murder


Police officials in Gatineau, a city in Quebec in Canada, are using QR codes to help catch the killer of Valerie Leblanc.

When scanned, the QR codes will direct users to a cartographical sketch of an important witness who might be a big help in solving the case.

After viewing the sketch, they can also file a tip.

Eighteen-year-old Leblanc was murdered in 2011, and the body was found badly burned and beaten behind her school on August 23, 2011. Gatineau police officials have come up with no resolutions for the case a year after. They have recently gone back to the CEGEP de l’Outaouais, Leblanc’s school, to look for more clues

This is not the first time that police departments have used QR codes for fighting crime.

In Vancouver, the police are using QR codes to find a serial sex offender who victimized women under 30 years old in the Granville Entertainment District. Vancouver Police Department’s Matt Clarke said back then that they are using QR codes because the demographics for QR codes users match those who are most likely to know the suspects: 19 to 35 year olds who frequent the area.

In the United Kingdom, the West Midlands Police are using QR codes to take users to a mobile site that features photos of crime suspects. The user can then report if they have seen these criminals somewhere or know them personally.

Not all police departments are using QR codes for fighting crime, however. Portsmouth Police is using QR code to give out information to residents. The information featured in the QR codes varies greatly from information about motorcycle noise, to knowing about the department’s history and police artifacts. Other QR codes deployed by the PD give out information on how to become a cop and how to file accident reports

In Florida, the Boca Raton Police Department has put up QR codes at various establishments to help remind the public about safety precautions.

Have the police in your area used QR codes in any way? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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