Police urge residents to stop reporting crime to Facebook

POLICE are urging people to contact them if they have concerns for their safety, following reports attempted break-ins are being reported to Facebook and not police.

Acting officer in charge of the Warwick police station, Des Canning said police don't trawl Facebook pages looking for reports from residents and would not be aware unless they are contacted.

"If people have an issue they need to call us and report it immediately," Senior Sergeant Canning said.

"Then we can investigate accordingly."

One Facebook post told of an intruder in the Glennie Heights area being scared off by the family dog.

The person claimed that the dog has been trained to keep the kids safe and to alert the family if anyone suspicious entered the yard.

Police have not been contacted in relation to this instance.

A comment from another person claimed that police had been called to the same area around 8.15pm last night.

Snr Sgt Canning confirmed there had been a call from a resident in Horsman Rd who reported someone had tried to "bash their back door in".

Three officers attended the scene and made patrols but could not locate any suspects.

No further information or any description was given by the resident.

On the same Facebook post another person claimed that they had also heard someone loudly trying to force entry via their front door early on Monday morning.

Police have not been contacted in relation to this instance either.

To report a crime while it is happening or if your life is in danger, phone 000.

To report a non-urgent matter, phone Policelink on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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