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  • **FILE** In this photo from March 20, 2010, young people run down South Street in Philadelphia during a flash mob incident that involved thousands. (Associated Press/The Philadelphia Inquirer)

    Police to use social media to thwart flash mobs

    Law enforcement officials plan to use a combination of tried-and-true tactics such as curfews and newer techniques such as monitoring social media websites to fight the latest criminal phenomenon: flash mobs.

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  • "This is an old crime being organized with new tools. There's nothing new about groups of people assaulting people and robbing, but what's new is the technology," said Jerry Ratcliffe, chairman of the department of criminal justice at Temple University and a former London police officer.

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  • Organizing on the Internet is attractive because it gives the mob "some anonymity," Mr. Ratcliffe said, since many of those involved learn of the event simply by seeing a message on Facebook and think they can participate without repercussions.

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