'Don’t send an advertisement to thieves this Christmas,' says Cumbria police

CUMBRIA police have warned people to be cautious about what they put on social media sites, advising some posts are an ‘invitation to thieves who could be following you’.

Many people often update Facebook and Twitter with their activities, keeping their friends and family informed of what they have been up to.

However, not all keep up-to-date with their security settings on their social media pages and can unknowingly have open pages for everyone to see.

Police have advised that by putting all of your activities onto an open page, you are advertising when you have been Christmas shopping, when you are going out and when your house is empty. This could be an open invitation to thieves who could be following you.

David Thompson, a crime prevention officer in Cumbria police, said: “Telling people what you are doing is not a bad thing but we are encouraging people to make sure they know who they are telling. “Simple steps by checking security settings on social media site such as Facebook or Twitter to ensure that only friends and family can see your posts, but not share them to a wider audience, can be one way to prevent your posts being seen by everyone.

“If you want an open page, then be careful about what you post, don’t advertise the fact that you have been Christmas shopping and bought all your presents and then will be out with the family that night. You are basically just telling everyone that your house is empty and full of presents.

“Have a think about who could see what you are saying and make a few simple adjustments to ensure that you are safe and secure this Christmas.”

Further information about staying safe online can be found on www.cumbria.police.uk/onlinesafety

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