Electronics-sniffing dog can help police nab internet predators

Jim Melwert
February 05, 2019 - 4:58 pm
Charlie the electronics sniffing dog, posing with Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland.

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Tuesday is Safer Internet Day, and the Delaware County District Attorney's Office is reminding parents how to help keep their kids safe online. They’re also showing off a dog that can sniff out electronics, which helps investigators nab internet predators.  

Charlie, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever, can sniff out electronics as small as a SIM card. 

“Helps us find things that are literally as small as your small fingernail,” said Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland. 

Copeland says internet predators will often have a phone or computer that is clean, but have a drive or even just a SIM card hidden somewhere, and that’s where Charlie comes in. 

Copeland also reminds parents to set rules and post them by the computer or tablet, and to keep those devices in a centralized location. 

“So the kids or young children aren’t in their bedroom unsupervised on the internet," Copeland said. 

She says know all your kids’ screen names. And, she says, make them show you what they use to connect with friends, and if there isn’t much activity on that platform, get suspicious.

She adds if someone sends your child something or solicits something they shouldn’t, save the evidence and immediately call police or the DA’s office.

“Contact us and we will help them navigate the system," Copeland said.