‘Don’t use social media to report crime’
POLICE have urged residents in Hilton to report crimes to them and not rely on social media.
At a meeting of South Derbyshire District Council’s area forum in Sutton-on-the-Hill, police said residents must contact them directly, so that crimes are reported properly and to create a proper intelligence report for the area.
District councillor Julie Patten, who is also a county and parish councillor, said: “What seems to be prolific is people trying doors of cars and houses in Hilton, and there is now the perception that police are not being reactive to the problem.
“Lots of residents have been saying on social media that this has happened recently and that they have been reporting it to the police, but that nothing has happened.
“Sometimes it feels like you’re banging your head on a brick wall, trying to get people to report things instead of just having a moan on social media.”
PC Joe Pilgrim said if there had been a surge in crime they “were not aware of it” and questioned whether people had reported incidents to the police. He urged people to use the 101 service. If that “becomes a frustrating wait” they should go online, or use the 999 service for emergencies.
He said: “It is always better for people to come to us directly.”