A post from GSeeker‘s Ken Wong late last week which looks at how a newbie cop in south-eastern China's Fujian province was able to use Google Earth to track down a human trafficking suspect by making a database with it (and an English-Chinese dictionary) of village residents:
Google Earth强大无比，美国人用它来进行选举投票、救灾，印度人用它来保护土地，用途非常多。但一直以来，似乎没怎么听说过Google Earth在中国有社会用途的。一方面除了是因为Google Earth无法提供中国地区高清图像，另一方面是由于Google Earth没有简体中文版，流行程度相对其它国家及地区较低。但现在不同了，Google Earth已经成为中国民警创建卫星地图管辖区的得力工具了。怎么回事？
GSeeker读者朋友”jiang shuai”今天推荐了新华网上的一则消息，即福州马尾亭江派出所长柄警务室民警林祥春已利用Google Earth创建了卫星地图管辖区。大概的经过是，林祥春花了一个月的时间，把管辖区的重点信息全加在Google Earth的图像上了。这是发生在今年1、2月份的事。从这件事里，我们可以看出几点：
2.如果林祥春迟几个月开始用Google Earth，那他是不用这么辛苦查英汉字典的，因为Google Earth繁体中文版8月推出了。
3.类似的地图还可以用谷歌地图的”我的地图”功能来创建，虽然没有卫星图，但地图信息还是比Google Earth详尽的。当然，也可以用Google Maps的My Maps功能创建，还能省去安装Google Earth的步骤呢。
2. If Lin Xiangchun had started using Google Earth just a few months later, he wouldn't have had to go through so much trouble looking up all those English words, because Google Earth came out with a Traditional Chinese version in August.
3. Such a map could still have been created using Google.cn's “My Maps” application; even though there are no satellite images, the information on the maps is even more detailed than [that found on] Google Earth. Of course, using Google Maps’ My Maps application to create saves one the trouble of installing Google Earth.
“There was one time, when someone from Fuzhou Border Security came looking for Lin Xiangchun, wanting to apprehend a snakehead going by the name of “Fatty” who was living in Lin's jurisdiction; all the BS officer knew was that “Fatty” had previously been a pig butcher, but nothing on his real name or address. Lin Xiangchun carried out a careful investigation and was able to determine “Fatty's” name to be Wang Mouhang; Lin was unable to determine, however, whether or not he would be at home, and worried that any rash police visit would arouse the snakehead's suspicions, and send him running.
From there, Lin came up with a satellite map, used it to identify Wang Mouhang's residence, and sent a scout to go stake it out. That evening, when the rookie came back with a report, Lin Xiangchun and the BS officer rushed into Wang Mouhang's home, and successfully apprehended him.”
“Today, September 21, the provincial public security director, Fuzhou municipality member of the CPC standing committee, secretary of the Political Law Committee and director of the municipal PSB, Wang Xin, went down to the Changbing police station for a work inspection, praising the police station's hardware and software equipment, as well as delivering praise to Lin Xiangchun for his satellite map platform to no end, putting forth that police workstations from across the city must learn from the Changbing station.”