Christmas Warning – Burglary Danger from social networking sites

//Christmas Warning – Burglary Danger from social networking sites

Christmas Warning – Burglary Danger from social networking sites

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Just a quick word in your shell like (ear) from me. 

The BBC have been warning people about the risks of informing people on social media networks (such at Facebook and Twitter) that you and your family are away from home this Christmas, due the increased risk of burglary.

Of course house break ins are popular at Christmas holiday time anyway, as its a time that often we go away and if we are just out, we might have a house full of expensive gadgets, jewellery, iphones, ipads, consoles and the like, all of which are easy to sell once stolen. However there is no point in making it easy for burglars and broadcasting an empty home from a loud hailer. 

Which is one of the reasons I don’t like Foursquare or Facebook places but that’s another blog. 🙂 

Please don’t advertise the fact in your status that your home is empty at any time. You may think you are just telling a friend but keywords can be searched for in some networking sites. Tell them in private, DM or Inbox – if you must tell them on a social networking site at all. 

When you return, inform people then about the great time your and your family had in LA or Grandma’s not before. 

We all know these risks but sometimes we just need reminding.

Edit: Just had a discussion with Lisa @lisaven about this who stated that only trusted people would know where we live, which is totally true for most people. Unless of course you have used Facebook places and the  like to check in to your home. 

Hope this helps 

By | 2017-02-08T01:21:08+00:00 December 24th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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  • The Loudmouthman

    The report and the story dont go over the salient fact that most people are absent their properties for several hours a day as they attend work and employment. It also does not answer the question of causation and correlation. With more people being on social networks there is a greater likelihood that they posted at they time their were burgled. No one is bringing out the stats that crimes like this have been on the decline for several decades ( thanks unfortunately to the easy credit and low mortgages available ) or that many thefts are similarly recovered thanks to modern management of technology and property ( from GPS enabled phones to microdots and self registered equipment ) .

    On the whole what actually makes it easy for the prospective criminal are properties advertising their availability by having no activity over a long period of time and with curtains, tvs and windows barely active it doesnt take much to make a guess that its easy to grab.

  • Michelle

    Hi Nick

    Thanks for the input. Do you not think, however that going away for a week over Christmas or at anytime really is different from going out to work, (besides the fact its usually the whole household that go away together) and broadcasting on the nets is something we should avoid?

    Yes a criminal can watch your house over a few days and see that you are away but still that takes longer than just reading it somewhere.

    I (and I don't think the BBC) are blaming social networking for burglary's as such (on the report the family seemed to think it was due to that but who knows) its just safer if we keep it to ourselves, don't you think?

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