Be Facebook Status Smart

Most of us can’t wait to share the wonderful weather, food or experiences we have had on holiday or we are even just so exited to be going on holiday we want to tell the world where and when we are going.

Before social media burglars would rely on your home appearing empty (lights off, no cars on the drive etc.) but now they have a new tool and that is YOUR status updates. Even without your address being part of your social media profiles its relatively easy to look through someone’s posts and photos to identify the area they live in and google street view allows thieves to pin-point your actual home.

Recent Trends

Because of this there has been a recent trend of holiday burglaries and more worryingly over the last couple of months a large spike of empty property burglaries in the Bracknell Borough its self.

Advice from the Police

Thames Valley Police are advising residents to resist the temptation to post about their holidays or share photos on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram until they are safely back home.

They would also like to encourage residents to sign up to the Thames Valley Alert service. The site provides an invitation for you to participate in the exchange of information with Thames Valley Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other community groups. As a registered recipient you will not only benefit from two way messaging but may also learn about those in your community subject of anti social behaviour orders, help identify suspected or wanted criminals or learn about community groups, events or meetings in your area.

To sign-up to Thames Valley Alert please follow this link

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