Keep your local police in the loop
With the increasing popularity of social media such as Facebook and Instagram, it has never been easier for residents in our area to exchange information relating to their neighbourhoods. As an easy, casual way of passing on crime reports or suspicious persons or vehicles loitering within their streets, residents are often working together to identify issues affecting them.
The downside to this informal communication between residents is that local police are often left out of the conversation. A recent example of this was a discussion on an “unofficial Neighbourhood Watch” Facebook page about stealing from vehicles. Several posts referred to thefts that, when checked by police, weren’t actually reported to police.
The reporting of offences allows police to assign resources to target the issue. To put it simply – if we don’t know what’s happening, we don’t know where we should be concentrating our patrols.
Other valuable information such as descriptions of suspect persons or vehicles, or unusual activity, is often discussed on Facebook but isn’t provided to police. Just the tiniest detail might help solve a big case but we’re missing out.
The best way to provide information to police is by ringing Police Link on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. To stay informed, we suggest subscribing to the Queensland Police Service News at www.mypolice.qld.gov.au
. You might even help solve a crime by recognising an offender.
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