‘Don’t use so­cial me­dia to re­port crime’

Burton Mail - - News -

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.”

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