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.

Written by 

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 as being the GLASS rep. I'm also a bit of a self confessed Land Rover nut, I've had 8 over the years before finally settling on a 300tdi Defender 90 which I absolutely adore. I make absolutely no apology for taking a hardline approach to green road use, I maintain a fiercely preservationist and often vociferous stance, I 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 through education. In the 15 years I've been involved with the hobby, times have changed considerably. We must show the utmost respect to other users and the true definition of greenlaning suggests that there is absolutely no need for wallowing in mud, or a mandatory requirement for winches or aggressive tyres. Why? Because this is now an endangered hobby, a privilege, it is certainly not a 'right', it has also very much become a 'hearts and minds' campaign with a focus on shared enjoyment and making memories whilst respecting the countryside we love and other users.