In today’s selfie obsessed and social media driven world it seems like everybody has to broadcast their comings-and-goings on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This includes letting everyone online know when it is that you’re going on holiday, with some subsequent photos of you on a beach in Mallorca, to let everyone know what you’re up to.
Unfortunately, however, ‘everyone’ includes crafty burglars who have figured out that people’s social media accounts make casing a prospective house a lot easier. After all, once a thief connects a name and a face to a house they’d like to burgle, he’ll then connect that same face and name to a social media account. If the criminal than sees that that same name and face is currently posting their witticisms and photos from far away lands, he knows that he has a soft target.
This social media gaffe is just one of the serious home security mistakes being made by millions of households in Britain, according to new figures released by Co-Op Insurance. In fact, according to their research, Co-Op Insurance claims that at any given time more than half a million homes in the Britain are being exhibited a s empty thanks to their owners posting holiday photographs online.
In other news related to crime and security, the director of the European Law Enforcement agency Europol Rob Wainright has made it known that he feels that British law enforcement would be seriously compromised if Britain ends up leaving the European Union. Wainright feels that a ‘Brexit’ would limit Britain’s abilities to effectively combat terrorism and other crimes where law enforcement officials (and intelligence agencies to a certain degree) depend on cooperation with law enforcement in EU nations as well as unlimited access to Europol’s database.
Lastly, it appears that 10 percent of airline travelers who responded to a survey feel that they had been touched in an inappropriate manner when going through airport security. Of those ten percent, half had been compelled to make a formal complaint. The same survey found that 16 percent of those respondents who had been pulled out of the queue by security felt that it was due to prejudice.