The Know Your Source Initiative And Social Media

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police have been running their Crime Prevention Campaign with the slogan “Know Your Source”. The intent of the program is to help reduce the number and severity of crimes in the following categories;


  • Tips for Reducing the Risk of Victimization
  • Protecting Yourself From Online Fraud
  • Avoiding Tax Scams
  • The Facts About Lottery Scams
  • Facing the Opioid Crisis
  • Campus Community Safety
  • Stopping Auto Thefts
  • Preventing Break-ins
  • Risks Associated with Illegal Cannabis


And if you would like to know more about the program and its important message you can check the link


It truly has useful information how to avoid falling victim to a scam artist which is a concern for everyone and how to avoid drugs, from prescription to recreational, that can cause damage or death; which is an issue for many.


But this particular slogan can go far beyond scams and drugs, to issues like what to share on Social Media, which many don’t think of as being dangerous but as was mentioned last year by the RCMP; it can be.


SHARING Missing people on Facebook – sometimes the missing children in the posts that you share are not actually…

Posted by Kindersley RCMP on Monday, March 6, 2017


As noted in that post there are dangers with sharing a post you don’t know the source of, especially when it comes to missing people, as sometimes those people are not missing but in hiding from a dangerous individual.


That isn’t to say you should never share Amber Alert posts, but to investigate them a little bit before you do, make sure that it is the real deal.


Before you share ensure that the post is;

  • Recent,
  • Comes from an appropriate source; like a confirmed police social media site, website or a reputable media outlet
  • Has not been resolved


If it does not check all of those boxes then it is likely not legitimate and should not be shared.


Hopefully all of the above information can help to create safer communities for all of us.


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