Greenville Police Warn Against Internet Predators

The internet can be called a child predators playground. Greenville Police tried to hammer home that message Wednesday night.

Connie Elks with Greenville's Major Crimes Unit says with computers in nearly everyone's home and without supervision -- it's like having a loaded weapon. "They are extremely dangerous if they are not supervised by a parent or a caretaker."

Internet crimes on kids are becoming more common -- according to Greenville Police -- and it's what prompted them to teach parents and teachers how to protect kids from cyber creeps.

According to elks -- awareness is the best weapon of defense. "Parents need to become aware and educated and knowledgeable about the codes that these young people are using when they are communicating on the internet."

Detectives like Glen Webb with the Greenville Police continue to crack down on cyber crimes--using ground-breaking techniques. "We're actively using web crawlers and things to find child pornography. Right now there is child pornography in Pitt County and we're doing everything we can to find it and bring those people to justice."

Elks and Webb say a good tip for parents is to make sure kids use a computer out in the open so you can monitor what they're doing. They say being aware your your child's e-mail, social media sites, And text messages will help protect against cyber predator's.


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  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2010 at 03:06 AM
    Sometimes you have to wonder how must time is lost keeping the streets safe by a guy sitting at a computer doing little, This is old news and Greenville Police should be out on the street walking to keep the peace. We need more cameras in high crime areas. People need jobs to keep them out of trouble. Which brings up the point, contactors who hire subcontractors should be required to submit weekly pay check amounts with deductions to the contactors. Hire more locals than illegals, keep our people employed.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2010 at 02:49 AM
    To save money in this small county join the Greenville ( and local police deptmants ) with the Sheriff dept. Make retirement available only at thirty years or 65. Use a pay scale for retirement instead of the wage averaging system. Make a Metro Force for all local towns and cities. Also repeat offenders will be directed to leave the city or be arrested, get rid of the nuisance. Foot patrol in high crime areas, make the city safe for everyone, there should not be a high crime area. Get jobs and skills for people who leave prison.
  • by Hilda Location: NC on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    Do not let your children on the Internet. Be smart please.
  • by Otis Location: NC on Mar 10, 2010 at 08:36 PM
    If the internet can be called a child predators playground. Take their kids computer away.
  • by June Location: Chocowinity on Mar 10, 2010 at 08:27 PM
    Keep your child off the internet! It is that simple!
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