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RCMP identify trend in online crimes

Still shot from 'My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm' by Amanda Todd.
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June 04, 2013 - 12:32 PM

A chirpy Tweet could actually be harassment. It could also be 'uttering threats' under the Criminal Code of Canada.

These are just some of the charges that can stem from improper use online.

Kamloops RCMP are reminding people that the police investigate crimes online. Cpl. Cheryl Bush said anonymous sites are commonplace for crimes and people will use Internet cafes or other means to hide their identity and post freely to the Internet.

"Do not think you're hiding behind these sites," Bush said.

The delete button is not enough to cover your butt.

"The facts is there's a record of it."

Bush said there are different issues everyday with emerging technology.

"It's not a specific spike," she said. "It's a trend."

The RCMP responds to online cases with an out-of-town tech crime unit.

Victims of online crimes are encouraged to contact the RCMP.

"We will look into it," Bush said.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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Amanda Todd committed suicide last year after succumbing to cyber bullying.
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