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Police urge Cumbrians to use social media safely

CumbriaPolice are advising people to think before they post to social media, as part of a week-long cybercrime campaign.

There have been 152 reported crimes relating to Twitter and Facebook since 2011.

Although social media can be a positive part of everyday life for many unfortunately people can use social media to harass, threaten and victimise other users.

“Social networking is a great resource, and now a common way to keep in touch with a large group of people. However it is sadly also rapidly becoming a target for would-be criminals.

“Some applications have unforeseen risks such as cyclists using GPS tracking to log and share their training rides, which inadvertently discloses the whereabouts of high value bicycles unless privacy settings are applied prudently.

“There are some simple steps people can take to protect themselves, including checking security settings, and being careful with what you post.

“Whilst social media allows us to share our views and opinions there are limits to what is acceptable and what could be construed as unlawful.

"Users should think before posting and ask themselves whether their post could be construed as bullying, racist, homophobic or offensive in any other way.

"Even if a post is meant to be humorous or light hearted it may be viewed by others who are offended or intimidated by it. If in doubt – don’t post it."

– Detective Superintendent Andrew Slattery