Ohio police dept. says no to crimes reported on Facebook

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — A suburban Dayton police department is asking residents to stop reporting crimes on the agency’s Facebook page.

Kettering police spokesman Ron Roberts tells the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1BLP37f ) that three minor crimes were reported via the department’s Facebook page last weekend alone. He says the page is not monitored around the clock, and residents should call 911 or police dispatchers if they witness a crime in progress.

The crimes reported via the page last weekend included someone spotted on the roof of a vacant building, a child riding on a motorcycle without a helmet, and a loud party.

Roberts said just he and two other officers have access to agency’s Facebook page.

Bob Cornwell of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association says it’s reflective of “society’s dependence on technology.”


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments are closed.