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Last updated on Friday, December 20, 2013
(UNDATED) - Christmas is next week, which means many will be making the final push to finish shopping and arrange travel plans.
Indiana State Police (ISP) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) are reminding Hoosiers to take the extra precautions to avoid a Grinch ruining their holidays.
This includes being smart about what information is posted to social media.
"If leaving for an extended period of time, do not discuss your plans with strangers or post them to social media sites," said ISP Capt. Dave Bursten. "You could be setting yourself up as a potential target to thieves."
Bursten also recommends Hoosiers avoid advertising recent expensive purchases on social media.
IDHS advises citizens to review the privacy policies and settings on social media sites.
"Privacy settings can vary greatly between social media sites," said IDHS Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson. "Make sure you understand how these settings work in order to prevent people you don't know or trust from potentially seeing your information."
An explanation of these settings can be found on both Facebook and Twitter, among others.
In addition to being cyber smart, Hoosiers should keep the following information in mind when out shopping:
Hoosiers traveling this holiday season should also take these steps to help ensure the security of all items in the home.
For more holiday safety tips visit GetPrepared.IN.gov and IN.gov/ISP.
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