INDIANAPOLIS –Vacations are a social media gold mine for criminals. It’s estimated 78% of burglars now use social media to choose their next break-in location.
Do a quick search of “#Vacation” on social media sites, and you’ll see how easy it is.
“Obviously you want to share with your family and loved ones, but those are also clues for people seeking to do harm in our community,” said IMPD Officer Chris Wilburn.
Officer Wilburn says you might as well just say, “I’m not home!”
“We are such a plugged in society these days and it’s actually alarming from a law enforcement perspective to see so much information readily available to the criminal enterprise,” said Officer Wilburn.
Before vacation, resist the urge to post that you’re going on vacation. It’s also a good idea to disable location-identifying settings. Also disable tagging settings so that none of your friends on vacation with you accidentally give you away.
During vacation, don’t check in or post about vacation, but go ahead and capture the moments you normally would post.
After vacation, share away!
Officer Wilburn says don’t take this lightly because you might be on vacation, but criminals are still working full-time.
“Just like you and I go to work, just like we punch in the clock, there are people doing the exact same thing on the other side of the track.”