Don't reveal your life to burglars

John Terry is many things to many people

To Chelsea fans everywhere he is a legend, while to supporters of other teams, he has long been the target of vitriol.

The reason he gets more grief than most is due to a number of reasons, ranging from the fact he is one of the most decorated players in recent years to his tabloid-fueled reputation as one of the game’s more ‘colourful’ characters.

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He has been involved in some of the most explosive episodes, both on and off the pitch, to have rocked football in the past decade.

But he has ignored most of the flack and seems to be enjoying life, and he isn’t finished yet after securing a lucrative move to Aston Villa earlier this summer.

Last week, however, he was back in the headlines, not for his performances on the field of play, but the fact he had been held up as an example, one whom many can learn from.

I would suggest there aren’t many things we can learn from Terry but it appears he has become something of a poster boy for daft posters – the ones who chronicle their lives on social media.

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We have now learned that Terry’s fondness for sharing his life to his followers proved to be a very costly habit indeed – £400,000 to be precise.

That was how much swag a gang of burglars made off with after Terry posted onto Instagram that he and his family were having a fabulous time on holiday.

Knowing the coast was clear, the prolific criminals smashed their way into Terry Towers and proceeded to make off with as much loot as they could.

Justice has caught up with the gang members, who received lengthy jail terms, but we should all take notice of this modern day tale of openness.

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People will often cite security as a pressing priority and will spend thousands of pounds on making their homes and their families safe. But it is no good ensuring that the lights come on when you are away, when you have already told the bad guys that your home is empty. This recently found obsession with broadcasting our lives is one of the most reckless aspects of modern life.

Just ask John Terry.