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Facebook group administrator asks crime victims to speak up

THE page administrator for Kingaroy and Nanango Buy Swap Sell has encouraged the victims of theft to contact her after a burglary so the site can keep an eye out for stolen property.

Casey Brown said previous victims of crime had sent lists of stolen property and the information had lead to police arresting the culprit.

"If we come across anything that looks suspicious or looks to be a scam we delete and block the offending people as soon as possible,” Ms Brown said.

Websites such as Gumtree and Facebook make it easy for criminals to pawn stolen property.

In the past Queensland Police Service's Stolen Property and Investigation Recovery Unit would conduct weekly checks of items sold to pawn shops to see if it matched a register of stolen property.

Social media has decentralised how people buy and sell used items, which makes it easier to avoid the authorities.

Ms Brown said the strong bonds and trust between members of the Buy Swap Sell community could catch the criminals out.

"The scams are pretty easy to find as I've seen them over and over again in different groups but as for stolen property, unless people speak up about it we don't really know what to look out for,” she said.

"People are pretty good when it comes to things likethis, we have to alwayskeep an eye out for stolen items but most importantly we also need tobe told what to look out for too.”

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