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Careful What You Share on Social Media About Your Holiday

As tempting as it is to update social media and check-in to exotic locations when you're away on holiday, it can leave your home vulnerable to burglary.

What’s more, your home insurance claim could be invalidated if you’ve shared details of your holiday on social media.

Simple things like posting that you’re off on holiday, or tweeting holiday ‘wish you were here?’ pictures lets the world and his wife know when your home will be empty and makes it an easy target for a burglar.

If your home is burgled while you are away and you’ve posted status updates about your impending holiday or photos during your holiday, your home insurance company may refuse to to pay out on your claim.

It obvious really, telling the whole world you’re away leaves your homes vulnerable, but how many of us have done this, without realising the potentially devastating consequences?

Did you know that 80% of burglaries happen when a home is empty?

Believe it or not, hundreds of homes across the UK have been hit by teams of burglars who trawl social media sites finding posts of people who are out of the country, and this summer the police were warning travellers of the dangers of ‘wish you were here?’ style posts and tweets.

If you are going on holiday there are several things you can do to ensure your home is as safe as it can be, including:

  • Don’t use social media, Facebook or Foursquare for example, to check-in to airports, hotels or places abroad
  • Check your privacy settings to check who you are sharing your information with
  • Don’t publish the dates of your holiday
  • Post your holiday photos online after your holiday, not during
  • Inform your children of the risks of social sharing and don’t let them publish details of your holiday
  • Don’t be too specific about where you live
  • Never publish photos of your boarding pass - boarding pass QR codes contain sensitive personal information
  • Make sure all windows are closed and doors are locked
  • Don’t leave tools or gardening equipment outside that could help burglars break windows and gain entry through doors
  • Make sure all lights are turned off – a hallway light that is on all through the night, every night, is an obvious give-away
  • Consider appliance timers which turn lights, TVs and radios on and off to make it look as if someone is at home
  • Consider fitting outside security lights that come on with motion, these are incredibly powerful at warning off burglars
  • Cancel all newspaper and milk deliveries
  • Tell neighbours that you will be away so they can keep an eye on your property
  • Early morning flight? Do not be tempted to load your cases into the car the night before – you’re advertising the fact you’re going away to everyone who goes past.