Chris Smith
checked in
at the airport!
How often do you post where you are? Who you are with? Whether it is sharing a drink in a London hotspot or you and the family at the airport - you want to shout about the good things in life and you don't care who is watching. Well, maybe you should. If your friends can see where you have checked in, so can a burglar. Criminals can get a good idea about where you live and use street view to find the best way into your property. Alex Iszatt - Crime Specialist
So excited to be on the beach on saturday!!! #LifesABeach


of people have mentioned a future holiday on social media

But is that safe?


of all internet users are on social media, which includes burglars

But is that

Criminals can get a good idea about where you live and use street view to find the best way into your property. Alex Iszatt - Crime Specialist
Chris Smith
checked in
at the airport!

2 in 5

Facebook users tag their location when they go on holiday

But is that safe?

It's estimated that there is a burglary every

But is that

Turn off location-sharing features, update your privacy features and stop broadcasting to people who aren't in your group of friends. Alex Iszatt - Crime Specialist
23% of burglars

gain access through

an unlocked door

59% of burglaries

are successful

45% of burglaries

happen when nobody is home

Look at your property on Google street view, if you were looking to break in - could you? Are your trees too high, is the house next door empty and for sale? If you see a possibility, so can a criminal. Alex Iszatt - Crime Specialist

But is it safe?


of Instagram users post pictures on social media while on holiday

But is it safe?


of Instagram accounts are open to be viewed by anyone

If you really can't stop posting your pics - then add them to an album and share that only with your close friends and relatives. Alex Iszatt - Crime Specialist
Try not to post from your holiday destination - it is a clear advertisement that your house is unoccupied. Alex Iszatt - Crime Specialist
If you are unfortunate enough to come home to a house that is burgled - don't touch any smooth surfaces that a criminal may have touched - there could be fingerprints. Take a look around for anything out of place that isn't yours - this could be evidence for the crime scene team. Alex Iszatt - Crime Specialist

Secure Your Social Media


How to change your Facebook privacy settings:

  • Click in the upper-right corner of any Facebook page.
  • Select Settings from the dropdown menu.
  • Select Privacy on the left.
  • Click a setting (eg: Who can see your future posts?) to edit it.

How to change your Twitter privacy settings:

  • Click the cog icon on your Twitter home page.
  • Click "Settings," and then select the "Security and Privacy" tab.
  • Check the "Protect My Tweets" box, and then click "Save Changes."

How to change your Instagram privacy settings:

  • Click on the profile icon in the lower right corner of your Instagram profile.
  • Edit Your Profile Settings. At the very top of your profile, click on the "Edit Your Profile" button.
  • Activate the Privacy Option. Scroll to the bottom and swipe on the "Posts are Private" slider.