Police and Travel Agents Team Up to Spread Holiday Crime Prevention Messages

One in three people taking part in a poll carried out on Facebook have admitted to advertising that their homes are empty whilst away on holiday.

Crime Prevention Postcards The social media poll, which 3,300 members of the public took part in, shows that 42% of those people have posted on social media that they are away on holiday, which potentially gives burglars their cue to break-in.

Police have again printed postcards displaying crime prevention advice and these will be distributed by travel agents across Cleveland.

Local branches of Dawson & Sanderson and Thomas Cook will help raise awareness by handing out the postcards highlighting the dangers of posting on social media when on holiday.

Cleveland Police Inspector Fay Cole, from Community Safety and Engagement, said: “We are again working closely with local branches of travel agents to spread the word that posting on social media when away on holiday, could result in being targeted by a burglar.

“Whilst we don’t have many burglaries where victims have been targeted through social media, we want to ensure that people stay vigilant in relation to their home security and help keep their properties and themselves as safe as possible.

“As shown in the poll, some members of the public are unaware that they take a risk with their home security by posting on social media, particularly if their accounts are not secure and people that they do not know can access their profiles.”

Judith Alderson, Director of Corporate Travel at Dawson and Sanderson said: “Dawson and Sanderson are delighted to support this Cleveland Police initiative to keep you and your property safe whilst you holiday with us.”

Alan Dale, Safety & Security Business Partner for Thomas Cook Group Health, Safety and Security, said:  “We want our customers to be able to relax and enjoy their holidays. We are pleased to be part of this campaign once again and to help make holidaymakers aware of the safety and security risk they take by promoting that their home is unoccupied on social media.”

Cleveland Police crime prevention advice to protect your home includes:

  • Always lock your doors and windows.
  • Make your home look occupied with use of plug-in timers to illuminate your home during hours of darkness.
  • Keep the rear of your premises secure and ensure that side rear gates are locked. Do not provide easy access to the rear of your property.
  • Use of dusk to dawn lighting, particularly to the rear of the property, will help to deter burglars.
  • Remove keys from locks and away from doors where they are out of sight.
  • Use an alarm.
  • Do not leave tools and ladders lying about and keep your shed and garage secure.
  • Make sure your items are traceable by post-coding your property with your house number using a UV pen.

For further crime prevention advice visit the Crime Prevention section on the Cleveland Police website at: http://www.cleveland.police.uk/

This activity is part of Cleveland Police’s Operation Phoenix; a summer long operation to improve public service, help vulnerable people, tackle serious violence and prevent crime.

Photo shows: Insp Fay Cole with staff from Thomas Cook travel agents at Teesside Retail Park.