Criminals beware! The next time you commit a crime, someone may be watching you online.
Na Maka, which means "the eyes," is a website that features photos and videos of suspects wanted by Honolulu police. It's proving to be an effective crime-fighting tool.
"The community is the eyes and that's what Na Maka is," Honolulu Police Department Capt. Richard Schaab said. "The old days when the detective or the officer goes out and shows a picture to a handful of people all day. Now, we're talking about anywhere from we get 4,000 views up to 17,000 views. If you do the math, it's great."
Since launching last November, Capt. Schaab says there have been 66 tips, 13 arrests, and 21 others identified, but still being investigated.
A majority of the posts on Na Maka are theft cases, but HPD has also included other crimes like the murder case on Punahou Street.
"Although the photo was of a gentleman dressed in ladies clothes, it really stirred a lot of the public interest and kept the talk going. It really helped us out," Capt. Schaab said.
Capt. Schaab says if you identify someone, you can call CrimeStoppers and remain anonymous or call the detective directly if you want to get more involved.
"It's a great tool. Not only that people can sit in their own home, they don't have to be approached by an officer, they don't have to feel uncomfortable of going to the police station or anything like that. They can just do it on the web they can make a phone call and they can help identify and even solve a crime," Capt. Schaab said.
Capt. Schaab says the power of social media is making a difference. Even family members have urged suspects to turn themselves in.
"Everybody has a cell phone and almost every cell phone has a camera. People are taking pictures, cameras are going up all over people's houses now, it's not just the banks," Capt. Schaab said.
"The majority of the people are starting to get mad, they're starting to get upset, and this is a way for them to get involved," Capt. Schaab said.
For more information, visit HPD's website.
The city is being a grinch. That's according to Kaneohe residents who've been told that the rent at their affordable housing apartments is about to go up as much as $600 a month.
A woman convicted of wire fraud in a Ponzi scheme was sentenced to 46 months in prison.
Drivers can expect road closures during all hours of the day in different areas across the H-1 Freeway.