Avoid on­line, re­port crime

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

CRIM­I­NAL ac­tiv­ity needs to be told to po­lice not posted on so­cial me­dia, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralind po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Mark Smith.

Sen. Sgt Smith said he en­cour­aged peo­ple to ring po­lice when sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity was oc­cur­ring, be­cause po­lice did not mon­i­tor so­cial me­dia web­sites.

“There are some ex­am­ples which have been brought to my at­ten­tion re­cently, where mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have dis­turbed of­fend­ers com­mit­ting of­fences and not re­ported it po­lice,” he said.

“In­stead they have re­ported it on so­cial me­dia.”

Sen. Sgt Smith said he wanted the pub­lic to know that re­port­ing a crime on so­cial me­dia was not the same as re­port­ing it to po­lice.

“We don’t mon­i­tor Facebook,” he said.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple to ring their local po­lice sta­tion when there is sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity oc­cur­ring.

“Af­ter in­ci­dents of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity it is be­ing brought to the at­ten­tion of so­cial me­dia users that po­lice have done noth­ing about it when re­ally po­lice have no knowl­edge of it be­cause it has not been brought to our at­ten­tion.”

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