Technology has a way of making some crimes obsolete, or at least tougher to commit, says The Oregonian. Digital cameras, cell phones, and Web sites could make it harder to hit someone’s car and irresponsibly wander off. “On any given night of the week you can listen to the (police) radio and hear people calling in cases on their cell phones,” said Portland police Sgt. Todd Davis. “I think that goes across the board to just about everything we investigate.”
“If they (culprits) are on the freeway, stuck in a traffic jam, who knows?” says Beaverton officer Kevin McDonald. “I’ve had cases where I happen to be in the right place at the right time and, bam! I’ve made the arrest.” In 2000, the Oregon State Police received 22,731 complaints by phone. The number jumped to 41,985 in 2006, around the time that most people started carrying cell phones. In Washington County, 911 dispatchers say hit-and-run complaints are now resolved about 30 percent of the time.