RCMP are warning us to always be careful when it comes to what we share online.
“Social media platforms can be extremely useful for a variety of means including police requests for help, but users should always exercise extreme caution with what they are posting, reading and sharing,” said Corporal Shawn Graham. “Ultimately, if in doubt don’t share.”
It is always important to make sure the information you are sharing comes from a trusted source. Not only could it put people’s safety at risk, but it is a waste of police resources.
“Basically, get the RCMP involved in an investigation where they don’t have to be involved, wasting the time and efforts of police for something that is not factual and something that is not genuine. So, that’s why it is always important to make sure that the information comes from a trusted source,” said Graham.
Earlier this month, an RCMP detachment in Saskatchewan put a notice out to be vigilant about sharing missing persons as sometimes the missing children in the posts that you share are not actually missing. They say an example of this may be a parent who has been forbidden any access to their children through a court order might put their children’s photos on Facebook and claim them as missing.
Graham says he is unaware of this happening locally, but people should always make sure they are only sharing from legitimate sources.
He adds, in Alberta when there are missing people cases, the information will always be released on their RCMP missing persons branded posters.