News

Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

FIGHTING CRIME: Security firms are turning to social media to help predict fan behavior and spot crime. Photo: Associated Press

LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer

Watch what you tweet, sports fans.

Security firms are turning to social media to figure out whether or not there’s an increased risk of fans storming the court or becoming feisty during sports events.

Officials say the practice of watching online chatter before a big game can help them tap into the mindset of a crowd, and helps them make decisions about how many guards to deploy at a venue.

Firms won’t say if they’re watching fans’ chatter during the NCAA basketball tournament.

But Whelan Security, which helped secure the Metrodome in Minneapolis during the Vikings’ final game there in December, says it checked online chatter to find out if fans were planning to storm the field and steal souvenirs.

Latest Headlines

10 hours ago in Local

Maine Man Charged with Manslaughter in Death of Girlfriend

GENERIC ARREST LARGE

A Maine man who shot his fiancée in the head while showing a gun to a prospective buyer in a Bath parking lot is facing criminal charges.

14 hours ago in Local

Maine Bookstore Owner Makes Huge Profit in Rare Stamp Sale

MONEY PILE LARGE SIZE

A central Maine bookstore owner cashed in after selling a set of rare U.S. Postal Service stamps that brought in just under $60,000 at an auction in Fairfield

14 hours ago in Local

Maine Landlord Who Killed Tenants Gets Life in Prison

JAMES PAK

A Maine landlord who admitted killing two tenants in 2012 following a dispute over parking spots after a snowstorm has been sentenced to life in prison.

14 hours ago in Local

Maine-Based Delorme is Being Purchased by Swiss-Based Garmin

GENERIC MONEY LARGE

Delorme, a Maine-based mapmaker and manufacturer of hand-held satellite communications, is being purchased by Swiss-based Garmin.

16 hours ago in Local

LePage Says He Will Appoint Himself Education Commissioner

governorlepage

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he plans to forego the process of selecting a new commissioner for the state Department of Education and will instead take on the role himself.

Tweets

  • 10h
  • 13h
  • 13h
  • 14h
  • 16h
  • 16h
  • 36h