Thousands of us are heading off on summer holiday, looking forward to some sun, sea and sharing memories on social media. And that's just the problem. While we're sharing our snaps on Facebook, potential burglars are using our personal information to work out the best time to break into our homes.
New research reveals that three quarters of adults (75.5 per cent) worry about home security when they go on holiday with 45 per cent concerned about digital updates signposting thieves to their vacant property.
We meet Sally Windsor from Crawley, who posted from Alton Towers over the space of three days. On the third night her house was ransacked from top to bottom. Police said it was 100 per cent planned as her TV and home iMac were too huge to pinch on a whim.
So what can you do to prevent yourself from being burgled whilst on holiday and at the same time enjoy sharing your moments with your friends?
Tips to keep your home safe this summer
Jamie Bartlett, Reseacher at the Centre for The Analysis of Social Media at thinktank gives us his three top tips on how to keep yourself safe.
- Regularly check your privacy settings on social network sites that you use.
- Google yourself to see what information comes up about you, and adjust your privacy setting accordingly.
- Be conscious of your photo map settings in Instagram or locations in your tweets.