Police Use Facebook To Keep Crime Down
13 July 2011, 05:00
It's hoped anti social behaviour in the summer will continue to fall across the Thames Valley - with officers turning to Facebook and You-Tube to get their message across to young people.
In 2010 rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour dropped by around a fifth in the Thames Valley, compared to the previous year.
Teenagers in Kidlington in North Oxfordshire have made a film with police which will go on Facebook and You Tube called it's not a good look, to show how intimidating anti social behaviour can be. It follows them through their end of term celebrations, starting with them getting ready to go out and ending with them being stopped by police in the park.
Superintendent Robin Rickard told Heart its important to use different methods to reach teenagers.
"Most youngsters use Facebook and you tube and they’re far more likely to receive a messages through that medium than reading the local papers - so its really important that we keep up to date, we use the right mechanisms and then we're able to monitor them."
A Facebook page has also been set up called 'It's not a good look' so police can keep teenagers up to date with ongoing operations to tackle anti-social behaviour.