Be mindful online
Social media in the modern age helps us fulfil our insatiable appetite for instantaneous information.
News, football scores, jokes and pictures can be sent out, received and forwarded in an instant.
The only problem is that if the information is wrong, once sent, it is in the public domain and no longer belongs to the person who sent it.
It is important to know what you are posting, and why you are posting it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the many other platforms available.
When it comes to criminal matters, you may not realise you are posting something that could be harmful to an innocent person, or an investigation that is under way.
This is particularly pertinent when it affects a person who cannot reply.
Remember, you may not know the full story and in most cases where police are involved, there are things happening behind the scenes you are probably not aware of.
Facebook pages such as the Broome Neighbourhood Watch and the Broome Community Noticeboard are a fantastic way to discuss issues with each other, and tell people what is happening around you.
It is important to ensure, if you are talking about a police or law enforcement issue, you don’t use this medium for calls for vigilante action, ill-informed comments or as a way of reporting a crime.
There is no point posting suspicious activity on these pages unless you also contact your local police and let us know what you have seen.
Please remember to report all crimes and suspicious behaviour directly to your local police station and refrain from using social media as your first port of call.
Remember, social media is not monitored 24/7 by police, and cannot be used to report a crime or ask for help.