The Dubai Police have a word of caution for those heading abroad for vacation - Share the photos and other details of the trip on social media only after returning home from the tour.
When all the travel details are shared on social media even before stepping out of the house, this information would reach not just your friends but even thieves who are on the look out for a window to commit a robbery.
Sharing boarding passes on social media is a new trend. Some people do it for amusement, while some like to show-off that they are travelling business class by sharing the boarding pass on social media. But by scanning the QR Code on the boarding pass, criminals could access information about the traveller. It could also give them a chance to forge fake IDs or commit crooked deeds before the travellers are back from their trips. Upon seeing photos of people travelling in business class, the robbers also could assume that they would find enough to loot from their houses if they can afford a ticket by paying such a hefty sum.
Right from the selfie taken just before setting off from the house till reaching the staycation, people use social media for a pictorial narration. While friends and family hit like and comment on your posts, thieves would get a clear picture of your itinerary. These would help to find out where you are and when you would be returning. The selfie taken in front of the house helps to identify the location easily.
While you may be having a blast at a far-away destination, the thieves could be breaking into your house. There have been reports from around the globe of those, whose houses got robbed after their trip details were shared on social media.
Such media help people to stay in touch with friends, but don’t forget that there are also those who observe the happenings in another person's life on the sly, the police said in their alert. With consecutive holidays coming up and people gearing up for travel, the Dubai Police have urged people to exercise caution.