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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Cumbria police warning to social media users

Cumbria police are warning social media users about the dangers of posting about their daily activities online.

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Officers fear the public could be accidentally making themselves a target for thieves.

Concerns include advertising when you have been Christmas shopping and when your house is empty.

Cumbria Constabulary Crime Prevention Officer David Thompson 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.”

For more information see www.cumbria.police.uk/onlinesafety

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