Quantcast

Parsons police warn residents to use social media wisely - KOAM TV 7

Parsons police warn residents to use social media wisely

Updated:

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:

  •  
    • Think before you post.  Before you post anything online–blogs, comments, tweets, snapshots, links–consider two things: it may ultimately be seen by anyone on the Internet and it can be permanent.
    • Don't over share. Don't post anything you'd ordinarily say only to a close friend. Some sites let you create separate friend lists–for family, for your sports team, and so on–so you can manage what you share with each.
    • Keep details to yourself that could be used to identify you or locate you in person–your home address, phone and account numbers, birth date, photos, etc.
    • Use caution when sharing feelings. Whether you're happy, sad, angry, or have money worries, confiding broadly could put you at increased risk.
    • Talk with family and friends about what you might share about them. Remove from your pages any info that doesn't conform to their wishes.
    • Talk to your kids about responsible use of social media. Talk about developing a family social media compact. Explain the hazards of posting "too much" information and talk about identity theft risks.

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.

###

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Man arrested the night his daughter committed suicide sues City of Joplin and Joplin Police

    Man arrested the night his daughter committed suicide sues City of Joplin and Joplin Police

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:08 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:08:26 GMT
    In March 2013, 16-year-old Brooke Russell committed suicide by shooting herself in Joplin's Roanoke Park.   Before the teenager died, Russell's father and brother, who found the wounded teen in the park, were arrested for assault, accused of assaulting emergency workers sent to save his daughter's life.More >>
    In March 2013, 16-year-old Brooke Russell committed suicide by shooting herself in Joplin's Roanoke Park.   Before the teenager died, Russell's father and brother, who found the wounded teen in the park, were arrested for assault, accused of assaulting emergency workers sent to save his daughter's life.More >>
  • Gov. Brownback signs SB 265; good news for Kansas agriculture

    Gov. Brownback signs SB 265; good news for Kansas agriculture

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:05:04 GMT
    Governor Sam Brownback signed into law yesterday a bill containing two measures important to Kansas agriculture. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey applauded the Kansas Legislature for the passage of Senate Bill 265.More >>
    Governor Sam Brownback signed into law yesterday a bill containing two measures important to Kansas agriculture. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey applauded the Kansas Legislature for the passage of Senate Bill 265.More >>
  • AG Schmidt: Kansas receives $62.2 million payment from tobacco settlement

    AG Schmidt: Kansas receives $62.2 million payment from tobacco settlement

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:01:18 GMT
    The final installment of the state’s annual payment was verified today. The $62.2 million total is within the range of payments received by Kansas in recent years. Schmidt said that was the intended result of a legal settlement term sheet Kansas entered into in 2012 with several tobacco companies to resolve a long-running dispute that had put future years’ payments at risk.More >>
    The final installment of the state’s annual payment was verified today. The $62.2 million total is within the range of payments received by Kansas in recent years. Schmidt said that was the intended result of a legal settlement term sheet Kansas entered into in 2012 with several tobacco companies to resolve a long-running dispute that had put future years’ payments at risk. More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.