Craigslist killings highlight dangers of online activity

WYOMING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Warning from police--you may not be as safe online as you think.

Police say 31-year-old Brady Oestrike killed 18-year-old Brooke Slocum, her unborn child, and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer after meeting on Craigslist.

Newschannel 3 talked to police Wednesday to learn more about what they say you need to know about online safety.

Police say the problem is that a person can be anyone behind a computer screen, and while you may think you know who you're dealing with--you may not.

It was a post on Craigslist that police say led Brady Oestrike to Brooke Slocum--a post with revealing personal information.

Police say emails show Slocum and Oestrike planned to meet for sex at Gezon Park--the place police later discovered Oppeneer decapitated body.

Wyoming police say the best advice is to never agree to meet with anyone you don't know.

But police say, if you do, there are steps you can take to protect yourself:

Do so in a highly populated area where there's lots of people around
Don't go to a secluded area, go where there's a lot of light
Don't go at night.

But when it comes to meeting online, police say there will always be risks.

Police also say it's important to talk with your children about online safety. They say you should check their phones and internet history to make sure you know who they're talking to.