15th April 2020

Home Insurance & Social Media

By Suzi Rackley, Dip CII
Client Director
Woman using iPad

With most of the UK now at home for the majority of the day, the use of social media and certain apps has sky rocketed and is now one of the most common ways in which we communicate with one another. Whilst it’s great to stay in touch, it’s also good to be mindful of personal security. Here are 5 tips to help you stay safe:

  1. Don’t overshare information about your personal situation, for example announcing that you can’t visit your holiday home advertises an empty property.
  2. Try and avoid sharing too many photos of your house. A lot can be found out from a photo, for example where your alarm passive infrared sensors (PIRs) are, and what type of locks you have on your windows and doors.
  3. Similarly, avoid oversharing photos of your garden. They could show potential weak access points and where you keep expensive garden machinery - all important information for a would-be thief.
  4. Be careful of sharing stories about expensive things you have bought online - this just tells the world that your home could be worth burgling.
  5. Whilst a moot point now, one for the future is that you should never talk about being away on holiday.

Most homes are well occupied at the moment but this doesn’t stop a thief building a picture of your home and lifestyle and making you a potential future target. Be mindful of what you say and share. Stay safe and secure.