SOCIAL media site users in South Tyneside are being warned not to advertise their plans to thieves during the Easter holidays.
Police say people should be cautious about revealing too much information about plans to be away from their home.
Northumbria Police temporary assistant chief constable Gary Calvert said: “We fully understand that people want to share their plans with their friends and family, but we’re urging some caution when revealing information on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
“People should check their privacy settings and be aware that people they don’t know, or who the information is not intended for, may see their plans or personal information about them, their home and their property.
“I’d like to remind people to think twice before putting personal and specific details into the public domain.”
He added: “At this time of year, people make plans to go away during the Easter school holidays and residents should make sure their homes are safe and secure.
“Take a few moments just to double check doors and widows are closed and locked, and it’s worth considering security measures such as timer lights for later in evening.”
For more crime prevention information visit the force website at http://www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention