Chandigarh: If you are going out with your family for a holiday, avoid updating your status on Facebook or uploading photos on social media sites. Many burglars have been keeping an eye on social media accounts of the city residents to carry out burglaries.
So far, three burglaries have happened in such homes. In police interrogation, the accused said that they used the nameplates outside the houses to look up the owners on Facebook to ascertain if they were away on vacations with family. After that, the committed burglaries.
Thailand trip costs dear
Rakesh Kumar of Sector-46 went to Thailand on a holiday. Meanwhile, burglars broke into his house and stole cash, mobile, a laptop and an LCD TV. The police investigation led to the arrest of three persons. All three were graduates. The accused said that they learned about nobody being at home from Facebook.
Vacations at Shimla turn sour
Amit, who lives in Manimajra’s Bank Colony, said that he had gone to Shimla with his family. One day, he uploaded a photo of his family at Shimla on his Facebook account. The next day, jewellery and cash were stolen from his house. When the burglars were caught, they said that they saw the photographs of the family vacationing in Shimla and knew that the house was empty.
Getting clicked with the Taj
Dinesh, who lives in Shantinagar, says that he and his family went on a holiday to Vrindavan, Mathura and Agra. The family posted a picture they had taken in front of the Taj Mahal on Facebook. The caption read that the entire family is holidaying in Agra. Two days later, Dinesh received a call from a neighbour informing him about burglary at his house. The police investigation found that after Dinesh updated his status, the burglars knew about the house being locked.
Upload photos after you are back from vacations: Cop
Ranjit Singh, SHO of Manimajra police station, says that most people leave homes during summer vacations. They post details about their travel on social media sites. Nowadays, thieves keep an eye on this. Singh advises that people should upload photos of their travel after returning home. menace.
(Story: Manjeet Sahdev)