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 Greenlanes Officer for the club and now the Dorset GLASS Rep. A bit of a self confessed Land Rover nut and was enjoying some comfort in my (No7) steed, a 2002 P38 DHSE until the problems kicked in! I had a brief (and disastrous) fling with a Japanese make in the quest for reliability before returning to Land Rover with my current steed, a 300tdi Defender 90. I've had two 3.9 V8 Discoverys, a 4.0 V8 P38, a 300tdi Discovery (bloody awful), a genuine factory V8 90 CSW and a TD5 Discovery. I used to do all the modifying stuff but don't bother now as to be honest a Land Rover is really good enough as is and big tyres and a winch are really only necessary at a trial or a pay and play - if you require them for greenlaning then you really shouldn't driving the lanes. I've been a member on an internet forum for years, made some very good friends in the process and have organised (with the help of others) three large and successful trips in both Dorset and Wiltshire for members and been involved advising others on the forum to help them plan trips in their areas. The first one was in 2008 and was known as the 'Chip Run' and it ran across Dorset from North to South finishing at West Bay for fish and chips, it took three months to plan and required a dedicated approach from me and the fantastic team that worked together to make it work so successfully. A few months later we put together a trip on Salisbury Plain solely for 'Newbies' which had to planned sympathetically to allow for people who attended with zero experience. The last one in October 2012 ran east - west across Dorset and was six months in the making. It was literally planned to the 'N'th degree with wet weather contingencies in place to prevent any vulnerable track from being damaged. I am a firm believer in the three 'R's - Responsible Rural Recreation, I do not tolerate the cowboy element that blight our hobby. The 'Great Dorset Chippy Run Part Deux' went exceedingly well, did no damage to the routes and raised £1300 for charity in the process.