The RCMP are reminding residents it won't do much to stop crooks by posting a rant on Facebook.
Though they do get information from social media sometimes, police say they still need a formal report.
"Someone had posted something about it but hadn't reported it to us," explained Fort Saskatchewan RCMP Constable Janice Shoepp of a recent case. "We really want to do encourage people to report incidents to us so we can further investigate them."
She added police need to know about even the smallest of crimes, so that they can keep track of them and spot different trends.
"Sometimes people [say] 'oh, I don't want to bother the police with that' but if it's concerning to them or their property or their safety, we certainly want to know."
For those who would like to report something they've seen, they can stop in at the detatchment on Town Crest Road or call (780) 992-6100.
Those who wish to remain anonymous, but want to give the police information can contact Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.