Social Media and HolidayMakers – A Home Security Checklist

Loving this great infographic from Spy Alarms.

As everyone starts talking about skiing, snowboarding or lying in the sun somewhere exotic, the countdowns to departure appear on Facebook.

Then, once they’re on foreign soil, the photographic updates keep us all informed about the jolly time that is being had.

Sadly, it’s not only their friends who are being alerted to the fact that their home is empty.

A survey by one of the big insurance companies a couple of years ago showed that for the average Facebook user, 66 strangers were actually viewing their status updates because they had agreed to become friends with all sorts of people that they didn’t actually know at all.

Make your Facebook profiles private, people, and then see this infographic for ways to look out for your home security whilst you’re away. Continue reading Social Media and HolidayMakers – A Home Security Checklist

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Social Media and Riots

social-media-and-riotsFurther to this post on Social Media and Civil Unrest in London I was reminded of my own small exposure to young people and mobile phones when, unknown to us, one of my children had a ‘surprise’ party when left home alone.

The planned small gathering turned into a mob of 50 people outside our house when the address of the party appeared on My Space. After being prevented from entering the party, the young people then attempted to access the house illegally via any means possible – through the open windows or by scaling the side gate.

Our neighbours called the police who managed to shepherd those outside to the local station whilst those inside the house decided to leave of their own accord.

In their wake, they left a trail of devastation – mud everywhere, cigarette burns in baths and furniture, an attempt to set fire to some posters, the theft of any edible goods or alcohol upon which they could lay their hands and the distribution of a large quantity of noodles which we were still discovering behind furniture and on the ceiling some weeks after.

However, we know that we were extremely lucky to escape so lightly – we were the first of four houses in the Southend area upon which they descended that Saturday evening and, as they got progressively more drunk, they got exponentially more destructive. The events of that evening actually made the front page of the Echo.

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Essex Police on Twitter

essex-police-on-twiiterAfter all the unrest over the last few days, I just wanted to say thank you to Essex Police for their presence on Twitter last night.

Whilst rumours were rife about riots and fires in Southend and Basildon, their reassuring tweets keeping us up to date with what was actually happening helped to maintain calm.

Several of us were retweeting those messages in an attempt to spread the message throughout the area in response to many other updates on both Twitter and Facebook, which resulted in a large group of youths collecting in Basildon because it was ‘all kicking off’.

Via Twitter, Essex Police also announced that three people from Grays, Clacton and South Ockendon have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to incite violence using Facebook and Twitter.

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