Cleveland Police receive 63 reports of crime relating to Facebook

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FIGURES detailing police involvement with social networking sites have been revealed.

Cleveland Police recorded 63 reports of crime or other incidents with which related to the internet site Facebook last year, compared to 62 in 2012, and 79 in 2011. The force had just 2 incidents linked to cyber site Twitter last year, none in 2012, and two in 2011.

The data was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act in response to a request asking “how many reports of crime have been made which in some way relate to Facebook or Twitter”.

Statistics from another 25 forces across England and Wales showed that reported crimes involving twitter rose from 677 in 2011 to 1,291 in 2013, a leap of 91 per cent.

Reports of crimes involving Facebook went from 9,917 in 2011 to 13,019 in 2013, a rise of 3 per cent.

Steven George-Hilley from think tank Parliament Street said: “The Government must do more to tackle this new wave of crime linked to social networking sites.”