The Columbus Division of Police has announced it will be hiring another officer to help combat the growing number of complaints related to online child predators.
Investigators say more predators are choosing to target kids online. Experts say they've seen predators shift their technique from the streets to computer screens because it's easier to hide and easier to trick kids into believing they are harmless.
Sergeant Jerry Cupp is in charge of the Columbus Division of Police Exploited Children Unit. Cupp says in 2012, investigators worked 176 reports ranging from criminal child enticement to pandering obscenities.
"They've gotten away from doing it from the curb in the car. – ‘Hey, little girl.' – Now, it's all internet, the majority of it is internet enticements," Cupp said.
Officers say it's not enough for parents to be aware. They need to make sure they can always view what their child is doing online; even if it means installing programs that allow them to spy.