Check your social media settings!!

In light of the apparent increase in Land Rover related thefts of late and how many of us love to show our passion for these iconic vehicles on social media, it might be wise to check that your social media ‘privacy settings’ are still what you originally set them to.

Many of us are unaware that Facebook updates can and have altered your privacy settings without notifying you that this is the case.

Please make sure that none of your personal details, such as your home address or the town/village you live in are shown publicly to all and sundry, make sure that they are set to ‘friends’, or ‘friends of friends’ as a bare minimum.

When you are out and about and wish to post using your smartphone, make sure that your ‘location’ is deactivated.

Also delete any pictures you may have posted that contain any detail of security devices you have fitted to your vehicle, that’s just giving them a heads up of what to expect when they come to steal it, even a picture of your vehicle parked outside your house is enough for them to eventually work out where you live by using Google Streetview.

Like us, the criminal element are now equally as capable of using the internet to search, keep your personal details safe, don’t give them the opportunity.

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Former Green Lanes Officer for the club 2013- 2016, Dorset rep for the Green Lane Association (GLASS) since 2016 and now the Green Roads Officer for the club again as well. I'm a bit of a self confessed Land Rover nut, I've had two 3.9 V8 Discoverys, a 4.0 V8 P38, a 300tdi Discovery (bloody awful), a genuine factory V8 90 CSW, a TD5 Discovery and a diesel P38. I had a brief (and disastrous) fling with a Japanese make in the quest for reliability before returning to Land Rover with my current ride, a 300tdi Defender 90. I used to do all the modifying stuff but decided that a Land Rover is really good enough as is - in my opinion huge tyres and a winch are really only necessary for trials/pay and play. For green roads, a decent set of All Terrain tyres (along with a respectful attitude to the countryside) are all you really need modification-wise. I make absolutely no apology for taking a hardline approach to green road use, I maintain a fiercely preservationist and often vociferous stance, am intolerant of mud-pluggers and illegal off-roaders and am a firm believer in promoting both the GLASS Code of Conduct and the three 'R's - Responsible Rural Recreation. We go out, we enjoy the countryside, we share the countryside, we leave it as we found it (or better) for everyone else to enjoy, we improve it by clearing obstacles we encounter, there is absolutely no wallowing in mud, no winches, no drama, no fuss, no glory.