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'Reporting crimes on Twitter helps no one'

Gauteng police on Sunday appealed to residents to not report crimes on social networks.

Social networking phenomenon - Twitter.com. Picture: AFP
SAPS,Twitter,Facebook,Facebook Inc,Noxolo Kweza
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JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police on Sunday appealed to residents to not report crimes on social networks.

Police say it is helpful to no one when people report crimes on social media sites and not to police.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) also said it worried about Facebook and Twitter users who make false claims about police work.

A Twitter user recently claimed police took more than14 hours to respond to a June robbery in Linden, Johannesburg, said police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza.

Kweza said police actually arrived at the scene 15 minutes after the crime was reported and not 14 hours after as claimed.

She said attempts to get the social network user to retract her statement proved futile.

The spokesperson added that police often get crime alerts days after they have been mentioned on social networks.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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