Surrey Police to use Twitter to inform of vehicle related theft
Starting today Surrey Police will begin posting every single vehicle related theft on its own personal Twitter feed in an aim to raise awareness as well as curb car crime.
Since this morning its feed has been overloaded with advice on how to keep your car safe, as well as plentiful thefts ranging from an index plate stolen off a Red Peugot to Iveco vans disappearing.
The tweet week comes as part of the Surrey Police's three month vehicle crime campaign that began in May. The police force has been answering messages today from 12 till 1 regarding vehicle related crime.
Questions have included those who feel that the tweets could be raising local peoples' concerns about crime by showing just how much occurs. In response to this the Surrey Police tweeted: "re raising fear: I don't think so - 3 year average is 120 offences (from & of) per week across all 11 boroughs."
It looks like they plan to take the social media policing even further, suggesting possibly using the service to post every single 999 call.
"This is our first go at this! If it works, and the public like it, we may consider tweeting every 999 call."
Superintendent Duncan Greenhalgh said they plan to use Twitter to gain a much faster way of gathering intelligence on crime.
"It is the first time that the Force has used social media in this way and we are confident it will be successful in helping us further engage with our communities, not only to gain fast-time intelligence but also promote the ways in which people can help reduce the chances of becoming a victim of vehicle crime."
From posts made by Surrey Police today it is clear that the Twitter feed is in fact helping with crime prevention: "Great example of the public calling in information... the red IVECO van reported earlier today was found by a member of public. #CarCrime".
Surrey Police currently has 2949 followers on its Twitter feed, in order to truly reach out to residents of the area they will need to come closer to its estimated over 1 million population.
Would you get involved with the crime preventing twittery? Or do you think it raises public concerns over crime?