Facebook and Twitter crimes soar in Hertfordshire, police reveal

PUBLISHED: 16:59 13 January 2013

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CRIMES involving Twitter or Facebook have risen by more than 500 per cent in Hertfordshire over the last four years, according to police figures.

Statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show social networking offences have increased from 20 reported crimes in 2008 to 129 between January and November 2012.

Of the allegations recorded last year, 25 people faced criminal charges and a further 36 were given cautions.

A spokesman for Herts Police said: “As with other forces across the country, Hertfordshire Constabulary has seen an increase in the number of crimes reported associated with the use of social media.

“Hertfordshire Constabulary will investigate all reported crimes and is liaising with national policing bodies to ensure that resources are used effectively to combat those crimes that cause serious harm through the use of social media, while not curbing people’s freedom of expression.”

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