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'A threat is a threat,' say RCMP reminding the public about online activity

The law doesn’t differentiate between whether crimes happen online or in person
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We live in a digital world where people often communicate through apps, instant messages and social media. In an effort to help Nova Scotians understand what is legal and illegal, the RCMP is reminding the public that crime is crime, whether done in-person or online.

“Reports of online crimes such as uttering threats will be investigated as we would investigate a crime that happened in person,” says Cpl. Lisa Croteau of the Nova Scotia RCMP. “The RCMP pursues those responsible for crime, even if information comes from a third party or social media.”

The law doesn’t differentiate between whether crimes happen online or in person. For example, in Canada, it is illegal to threaten someone with death or bodily harm (including both physical and psychological injuries) and to threaten their property. A threat is a threat whether done in-person or online and can result in up to five years in jail. 

If you have witnessed or been the victim of criminal activity, you are encouraged to contact your local police, or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477),, or use the P3 Tips App.

Remember: whether done in person, online or in any other way, crime is crime and there are serious consequences.

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