Heading off on a road trip this summer? Be careful what you tweet aboutâ€¦
Police are warning all holidaymakers that social media posts are inadvertently alerting thieves to empty houses, making them prime targets for burglary.Â Worst of all by posting such information yourself, you may even be invalidating the terms of your home insurance policy.
North Wales Police issued its own tweet with the hashtag #dontmakeiteasy, reminding those heading away this summer to save sharing their snaps until theyâ€™re safely home.Â It also points out that some insurance providers will invalidate home insurance claims made in light of a burglary which followed such a social post â€“ claiming it proves homeowners failed to take â€œreasonable careâ€ to protect their property.
While every provider will have its own stance on what constitutes reasonable or reckless behaviour when it comes to social media updates, itâ€™s always best to check your policy documents to make sure where you stand. As well as sharing photos of idyllic road trips, beach days and famous landmarks, holiday â€˜countdownsâ€™ are another form of post which police say should be treated with extreme caution â€“ as they alert would-be thieves to the exact date youâ€™ll be leaving your home unattended.
Admiral figures suggest as many as 36% of social media users have given away clear clues as to their future holidays online, while 40% of Facebook users tag or check in at their location.
As many as half of all burglaries take place when the homeowner is not at the property.