THE latest tool in online crime fighting is just as effective as mainstream media according to Acting Inspector Yonneka Hill.
The Canobolas Local Area Command Facebook page has been ramped up lately with police using the page to post images of suspects, update the community on overnight crime and get information on how to prevent crime out to an audience that might otherwise be overlooked.
Inspector Hill said the main target for the page was a younger generation who may not be getting news from traditional sources.
The page recently hit 2000 likes.
However she said it is not without its flaws.
“We need to stress it is not for reporting crime,” she said.
“Luckily we’ve only had a couple of instances where people have posted about crime on the page.”
The command has received information on the identification and whereabouts of people of interest after posting CCTV image stills on the page.
Overall, Inspector Hill said the page had been a success.
The command is investigating the use of an online neighbourhood watch page similar to one in operation in the Cowra area.
“We’re reviewing it at the moment,” she said.
“It would be set up and run by a member of the community.”
The page would operate similar to that of the Canobolas Local Area Command page but as it would be operated by a community member, the idea is that it would be updated more regularly and contain advice on how to prevent crime and updates on crime figures in the area.
The police social media pages are designed to increase vigilance in the community because of the instantaneous nature of available information.
“Orange is a big place but if we put out images then we’re bound to get someone who recognises someone and the page is a way of reaching more people.”
To view the page search Canobolas LAC in Facebook.