Stop. Just stop. (The dangers of sharing your life online)

Mapping your cycle route with GPS tracking apps could be alerting burglars to where exactly where your bike is stored.

It has prompted Wellington police and cycling advocates to warn cyclists to check their settings on mapping apps, like Strava, and be careful about what they share online.

Wellington has seen a big spike in bike thefts over the past few months, described by police as “very widespread and very opportunistic”.

They clearly can figure out where you live.  You absolute numpties.   

Strava, one of the world’s most popular ride-tracking apps, uses GPS to log where and how fast people ride, with that information then made available to users online.

Figures released by police under the Official Information Act show a decrease in the rate of bike theft year-on-year but there has been an increase in bike thefts in the capital, and particularly in Kelburn and in Willis St .

“The message should be, check your privacy settings,” says Patrick Morgan, from the Cycling Action Network.

Anyone who is still sharing any kind of personal data with the rest of the world deserves everything they get.   You have no idea how even the most “innocuous” sharing can assist criminals.

What can they do with a photo of a coffee?  Well, if it’s posted between 10 and 11 am every Wednesday morning, what are the odds of that person not being home?

If you are sharing any information with anyone you haven’t personally selected and vetted, you basically deserve any and all drama that comes from it.

– Stuff


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