The blast e-mails like this one warning friends and neighbors about suspicious activity in the area can be a good thing. But the practice is on the rise. It’s a super fast way to spread word on potentially harmful situations that could impact our community, but where we do we draw the line? Is it always better to be safe than sorry? Are there unwritten rules of responsiblity for shooting out concerns to your contact list? Should there be?
There were an alarming number of new blast e-mails circulating last week, one passed along information about an attempted child abduction but the police had no record of such an event.
When should the warnings go viral and when are they counterproductive? Or even worse?