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IMPD Crime Watch - Always Make the Call to Law Enforcement Before You Post on Social Media

  • June 01, 2022 10:13 AM
    Message # 12801305
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department recognizes and values social media channels as ways to encourage relevant discussions regarding crime prevention, criminal or suspicious activity, and incident trends within our communities. Sharing information with residents in our communities has never been easier. IMPD utilizes different platforms as vehicles to share important and timely crime prevention and safety information with members of our communities. Nextdoor, as a “courtesy feature” in their application, created a “Post about safety” option and made it available to their users when composing a new post. 

    As a city agency, IMPD is not able to access any content in Nextdoor, Facebook or any other platforms (including posts, comments, attached files or media) that residents do not choose to share with us. Additionally, only the original author of a post may choose to share it with us, and all replies or comments to that message are kept private and are not visible to city agencies such as IMPD.

    It is important to understand the “Post about safety” on Nextdoor, same as similar options on different applications ARE NOT incident reporting options; and that IMPD staff might not receive the information you share at all. Be aware that by using these options you are neither notifying Law Enforcement nor making a Police Report. 

    “If you see something, say something…”

    You know your home, neighbors and neighborhood better than most people; and when it comes to crime prevention, your expertise and knowledge are invaluable. In many cases, is the information timely provided by concerned neighbors, victims and witnesses that leads Law Enforcement to the arrest and prosecution of criminals, keeping criminal activity away from our communities. So, it is important that you share as much information as you might have with us in a timely manner; no facts or details are too trivial.

    IMPD does NOT actively monitor any social media platform or apps. The ONLY way to report any criminal or suspicious activity “IN PROGRESS” to Law Enforcement is by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

    To report criminal or suspicious activity, or incidents “NOT IN PROGRESS”, you should contact the 24/7 Non-Emergency Line (317) 327-3811 or dial 3-1-1 from your cell phone, as soon as possible.

    Remember: "Always make the call to Law Enforcement before you post on Social Media"


    Gerardo Becerra

    Crime Watch – Crime Prevention Specialist

    Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department – North District

    Community Relations

    605 E Westfield Boulevard, Suite 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46220

    Office: (317) 327-3781



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