Lompoc residents are reporting crimes on social media, police complain

Lompoc’s police chief is voicing frustration that city residents are turning to social media, rather than tradition channels, in order to report crimes.

On several occasions recently, people have posted incidents of suspected criminal activity in the area on social media, but have not reported the incidents directly to police, a Lompoc Police Department news release states. Lompoc police frequently post press releases on the department’s Facebook page, on which community members often leave comments.

However, Lompoc police say they do not have the time or resources to consistently monitor social media forums for crime reports. Police Chief Pat Walsh said his department works to maintain open and friendly relationships with community members and welcome opportunities to examine possible crimes. Officers will follow up on potential criminal activity reported directly to the department, Walsh said.

“We want the community to feel comfortable talking to our Lompoc Police Department about any concerns they have, including potential crimes,” Walsh said. “Our police department is here to serve the public, and we can best accomplish this through open and direct channels of communication.”

Walsh requested that the public properly report suspected criminal activity to the police department by calling (805) 736-2341, visiting the police station or using the Lompoc Police Department mobile app. Informants have the option to remain anonymous.