Almost two thirds of people burgled this year shared holiday photos on social media while they were away

A new study has revealed that 65% of people who were burgled this year had shared holiday snaps on their social media while their house was empty

The study was conducted ahead of National Home Security Month, which takes place throughout October

A team of home security experts have also put together some tips on how to keep your home safe from burglary when it comes to social media use and day-to-day life

The study was conducted by the team behind home security firm www.Boundary.co.uk, who asked 2,300 Britons questions about keeping their home safe ahead of National Home Security Month, taking place throughout October.

Some of the most significant findings revealed that 65% of people who said they had been burgled this year had shared holiday photos on their social media while they were away from their homes, while even more (81%) uploaded posts to social media during their vacation, such as tagging themselves at the airport or places at their holiday destination.

One in five of those surveyed (22%) also believed that someone had attempted to enter their home whilst away on holiday, with some common signs including the back gate being left open (45%), neighbour flagging someone suspicious (35%) and locks that had been tampered with (10%).

All participants of the study were also asked to do a deep dive into their own social media activity, finding out how much private information of theirs they’d accidentally shared.

The findings were:

· 91% occasionally tag themselves in various locations, highlighting the fact they’re not home

· 76% had accidentally shared the street they lived on

· 62% have shared images of extravagant or expensive purchases

· 24% had accidentally revealed their house number

· 10% had accidentally revealed where their mutual friends live

Off the back of the above findings, the team at Boundary have put together the below tips on how to keep your home safe, both on social media and through day-to-day actions:

Make sure you’re social media savvy

Make sure your profile is as private as possible, but if you’re adamant on keeping it public there’s a few things you need to make sure you’re not doing. Avoid posting any group photos while you’re out of the house and instead wait until you’re back home. It’s also worth double checking what you’ve already shared online when it comes to your address, and deleting anything that may point a burglar to the right place.

Be sure to invest in a reliable home security system

You may already have a typical home alarm system installed in your home, and although this can deter some potential thieves, they’ll be able to spot the ones that aren’t as reliable. It’s important if you’re looking to invest in a home security system, that it provides all-round protection. Look out for those that have motion sensors, can be controlled with ease through an app (great for if you’re away on holiday), and even those which include automatic police response, which makes it more likely that your intruder will be caught red-handed.

Neighbourhood watch

If you have a friendly neighbour you can trust popping into your home whilst you’re away, we’d definitely advise asking them to regularly check in and keep an eye out for you. This could be as simple as asking them to remove newspapers and post from your doormat (especially if they can be seen through a glass panel), to opening and closing your curtains and turning some lights on in the evening – all of which would indicate someone was at home and ward off potential unwanted visitors.

Check your deadlock is working

If you’re not sure what the deadlock is and where it’s located, it’s typically the rectangular shaped lock found underneath the door handle. It’s so important to check this is working properly, because if it doesn’t actually go all the way into the door frame, burglars are able to get into a property without leaving a trace. They can simply use a debit card to slide it through and open the door, so even if you think you may have locked up, it still might not be burglar proof.

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