In August 1962, New York City cops began patrolling the streets at night while dressed as women. The idea was to trap would-be muggers.
In Brazil it’s so common to get robbed in the streets that a lot of people carry an extra cellphone (they call it the “thief’s phone”) so they can give it to the robber when the crime happens.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s first words to the U.S. President upon meeting in 1995 were, “Do you think O.J. did it?”
A photo of a man stealing a wallet in a store was on the bottom of The Lewiston Tribune on December 14, 2007. Above it was an unrelated photo of a man painting a business. Readers noticed both men were wearing the same clothes. They were identified to be the same person leading to his arrest.
A teen needing a heart transplant was rejected in part because of his history of juvenile detention. A media outcry resulted in his getting a new heart, and later he died fleeing after a carjacking/burglary/shooting spree.
A Texas man barricaded himself in his home after biting a police officer during a traffic stop, and refused to come out for more than a decade.
Henryk Siwiak was fatally shot on 9/11/2001 and because the deaths from the terror attacks are not included in the city’s official crime statistics, Siwiak’s death is the only homicide recorded in New York City on that date.
In 2015, the Dutch police caught cannabis growers because their house was the only one in the street without snow on the roof.
Some states print decks of cards featuring the names or images of victims of unsolved crimes to be used in prisons and have successfully solved cold cases.