craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster made the following statement yesterday to the Associated Press…
“Criminals are learning that Craigslist is an extremely unsafe venue for criminal activity because you’re virtually guaranteeing that you’re going to get caught,” Buckmaster said Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from San Francisco. “That’s been the case with nearly every serious violent crime that’s been connected with the site. There’s an electronic trail leading to yourself. So don’t use Craigslist for crime unless you want to go to jail.”
That’s great that you help police once a violent crime has been committed but how about taking measures on your site to try to ensure that those crimes don’t happen in the first place.
Like I’ve been telling the media lately craigslist can take steps to virtually eliminate crime. First, do away with erotic services. I’ve been over that many times before. Second, make users fill out profiles. Even if people put false information there will still be a lot of people who will be discouraged from using the site for crime. Lastly, I’m sure they could put a script on the site that shows the user IP address along with a disclaimer that says something about their ability to track the IP address.
Now let’s see what supposed plans craigslist comes up with.