Summer Crime Safety: The biggest social media mistake people make

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — School is almost out; we’re on the cusp of summer and according to police, we’re entering the peak time for home break-ins.

Police call these acts crimes of opportunity – they include break ins, burglaries and cyber crimes.

As more people are around their homes during the summer, internet activity increases and police suggest homeowners, especially those in neighborhoods with homes close by, have passwords on their wi-fi. Police say giving someone easy access to your internet could open up portals to personal information.

Police say what people post on social media can make them likely victims for break-ins.

“Everyone loves vacations,” starts Trooper Jim O’Callaghan. “If you go on vacation, maybe it’s better to post those pictures on Facebook after your vacation. If you’re posting it the whole week and a half while you’re gone, you may get some people who realize where you live and that’s another crime of opportunity. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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