Social media crimes on the rise in South Yorkshire

The number of reports to South Yorkshire Police regarding crime involving Facebook, Twitter or Instagram has increased by nearly 30 times in just three years.

A Freedom of Information request submitted by JUS News has revealed Facebook was the most common social media platform mentioned in the police reports; increasing from 20 reports in 2017 to 383 in 2018, and to 491 in 2019.

By contrast, Twitter had the lowest count, with no cases being reported in 2017. However, the number of cases did double between 2018 and 2019 from 11 to 22.

The newer social media platform, Instagram, also featured in a substantial number of police reports. Although it was only mentioned in one report in 2017, this increased to 55 in 2018 and then almost doubled to 101 in 2019.