Twitter and Facebook mention in rising number of crimes in Cambridgeshire

12:00 16 February 2013

Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police

Archant

SOCIAL networking sites Facebook and Twitter have been mentioned in 25 times more crime reports than five years ago, Cambridgeshire police has revealed.

In the past five years, crimes involving Facebook has risen from 64 in 2008 to 1,654 in 2012, a Freedom of Information request has shown.

The figures also showed that crime reports mentioning Twitter rose from zero in 2008 to 59 last year.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “It is hard to quantify the actual increase in crimes involving social media.

“It is likely the numbers on the information request relate to those crimefiles which ‘mention’ Twitter or Facebook, for which there could be a range of reasons – witnesses seeing something online, saying they were on a social media site at the time of the offence, had seen heard a rumour on a site, or seen a witness appeal on Facebook/Twitter.

“Obviously, social networking sites have become hugely popular and simply by the sheer number of people using sites such as Twitter and Facebook mean there will be a rise of incidents relating to those sites.”

0 comments

More news stories

Fundraisers (from left) Mary Kinaszczuk, Peter Mallace and Carol Greed.

A bike festival which will raise money for Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Macmillan Woodlands Centre Appeal will be even “bigger and better” this year.

Police will team up with a new security guard at Loves Farm's Tesco.

Tesco has employed a security officer after a spate of thefts at its Express store on Loves Farm in St Neots.

Yesterday, 15:00
Artistic endeavours underway at Crafty Monkey in St Neots.

Here’s a list of events and activities being held across Huntingdonshire during next week’s half-term.

Yesterday, 12:00
Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon,

Parents-to-be in Huntingdonshire are to take part in a study concerning how likely it will be that their child will become overweight.

”Calendar"/

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition today E-edition