Twitter traces stolen cars in Seattle

Police department creates account called @getyourcarback to log sightings of stolen cars.

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced on Wednesday that it has started using Twitter to broadcast information on stolen cars in the greater Seattle area.

The car theft microblogging account @getyourcarback has garnered 550 followers in the 22 hours since it went live.

The SPD said that as soon as the department receives the report of a stolen vehicle from officers in the field, it will send out a tweet to those following the feed.

The 911 communications staff will monitor the twitter feeds of the new account, the SPD added.

Opening a Twitter account is a very small investment of resources and that the experiment was worth trying, the police told Forbes blogger Mike Isaac.

The SPD also said it would consider more such Twitter accounts for traffic information and community alerts, if the current experiment is successful.

Over 3,000 cars -- an average of 9.9 per day and up from 8.6 per day the year before -- were stolen in Seattle between January to October this year, the SPD informed.