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Published on the 10th November 2017

Social media – Don’t make it easy for thieves!

The omnipresent Kardashian family are well known for being relentless trend-setters, however the aggravated robbery of Kim Kardashian last October was one trend we would rather not keep up with.

As with the Kardashian case, social media is known to play a large part in the increase of these types of claim, and this trend is likely to continue as we live more of our lives online. 

We’re used to sharing so many aspects of our lives on social media: photos of our homes, gardens, expensive new purchases, and holidays are splashed all over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but we rarely think about how this information could be used against us.  All it takes is for the wrong person to see a picture of your beautiful new car, combined with some geographical clues from the geo-tagging function of an app and they can work out where you live and, more worryingly, whether you might be at home, based on where you’ve tagged yourself.

Our behaviour on social media can make a huge difference to the risk of being targeted and we’d offer the following advice:

  • Regularly review and check your privacy settings. 
  • Avoid the urge to tag yourself when you’re out of the house for any length of time, particularly if you’re going on holiday.  It’s a clear signal to burglars that your house is vacant.
  • Avoid posting pictures of expensive items such as watches or jewellery.  These visible displays of wealth can make customers a target both within and outside their homes.  This is especially pertinent with Christmas just round the corner.  Be careful about showing off your expensive presents and bear in mind that the packages you leave out for recycling on Boxing Day give passers by a window into the valuable new items that are sitting in your living room.

Thankfully, aggravated burglaries are rare but it’s always worth ensuring that we’re minimising the risk as much as possible, after all, keeping up with the Kardashians is just a TV show, not an aspiration!

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