Police encourage crime reporting

Police encourage crime reporting

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A Facebook group with 12,000 members is used to catch criminals in our city. 

"Facebook is a great tool to help you be aware of different situations and know what's going on around you, but it does not alert the police," Lubbock P.D. Public Information Officer Allison Matherly said.

Kalea and Omar Hernandez started the 'Operation Crime Watch Lubbock' page almost two years ago.

"Any city is going to have its fair share of crime, we're just putting it out there," Operation Crime Watch Lubbock administrator Kalea Hernandez said.

With their military background, their goal for the page is to spread their knowledge in hopes of catching crooks. 

"I think getting those faces out there, getting that information out there helps all of us and helps law enforcement," Hernandez said.

Allison Matherly with L.P.D. said pages like this increase visibility for situations that may be happening around town and ultimately help with their investigations.

"Crime does happen here in Lubbock and our goal is to stop as much of that as we possibly can, but we need the public's help," Matherly said.

Hernandez said that's what the page is for.

"Law enforcement is there and they can only be in so many places at once, so we're trying to do what we can to help," Hernandez said.

But, even if you post on Facebook, that doesn't mean it gets to law enforcement.

"Even if there is video and maybe all the evidence in the world, if we don't know it occurred, we can't move forward with it," Matherly said.

The Hernandezes encourage their members to report crimes to the cops.

"We want them to file that police report because they're the ones with the information. Sometimes the only information we're getting is what's being shared," Hernandez said.

With at least one post a day, the frequency can cause concern to some citizens.

"It can create a hyper-sensitivity to what they're seeing and it might provide the illusion that there is a lot more crime going on in town there is," Matherly said.

"We don't want people to be scared, we just want them to be a little more aware of what's going on and not to be so naive," Hernandez said.

Combining all resources, it's the responsibility of everyone to help keep our city safe.

To report crimes to Lubbock P.D., call the non-emergency phone number at (806)775-2865, submit a report online, or go to the station in person. For the Operation Crime Watch Lubbock link, click here.

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