NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF PARSONS:
PARSONS, KS — In less than 10 minutesyour home could be a target for would-be criminals. The Parsons PoliceDepartment is issuing a reminder to residents that what you say online can makeyou a crime target.
"Burglarsare getting smarter with advancements in technology. They are analyzing what'sgoing on," said Parsons Police Chief, Scott Gofourth. "How many times have youseen someone post something on Facebook or Twitter about being on vacation?"
Thinkabout it, it's like opening the front door and inviting them into your home.Burglars who watch online chats can see people's status updates, photos of youon vacation (many smart phones include your location upon posting). You areletting them know you are not home.
Similarissues arise with the use of Twitter, Instagram, 4Square and Facebook - whereusers check-in to different locations upon arrival.
ChiefGofourth offers the following tips to avoid being a target:
It's always good tohave someone checking-in on your property while you are gone. Don't forgetthings like notifying the postal service to hold your mail, and the same withyour newspaper. Play it smart using these simple tips, and you'll be lesslikely to become a target.