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Report crimes to police, not social media, say Lompoc officers

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Lompoc police are asking the community to report crime directly to the department and not through social media after several recent incidents were posted about online but never called into police.
The Lompoc Police Department has a Facebook page which it uses to inform the community about news and events, but officers don't always have the time or resources to monitor it.
Therefore, police say suspected criminal activity should be reported directly to the department, not posted to social media forums.
"Those formats, Facebook, Twitter they were never meant to report crimes or call for a police officer, you got to do that through traditional means," said Sgt. Kevin Martin. 
Police say, not only are some people posting potential crimes to the department's social media outlets but also to community forums on Facebook, reports that the department may never even hear about. 
Jamie Aldridge says she's glad people post to social media outlets about potential crime so she can stay informed about what's happening in her neighborhood, but she hopes those posting are also making police reports. 
"I definitely think they should definitely start with the police and then use social media after," Aldridge said. 
"If I see crime here, I am going to report it because I want something done about it," said Marc Nelson, visiting Lompoc. 
"We see something (on social media), we will act on it, but it could be a day or two before we see it. That doesn't do you any good," said Sgt. Martin. 
The public should report suspected criminal activity to the police department by calling (805) 736-2341, visiting the police station at 107 Civic Center Plaza, or reporting it through the Lompoc Police Department mobile app. However, police say the app should only be used for non-emergency tips or reports. All urgent calls should be made to 911. 

Crimes can be reported anonymously. 

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