Avoid online, report crime
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.”