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Posting holiday pictures "invites burglars" - say experts

Posting holiday pictures "invites burglars" - say experts

Published by Eagle Radio News Team at 8:00am 21st July 2019.

Families are being urged to try to avoid posting holiday snaps whilst away - as it may encourage burglars.

The Safer North Hampshire Partnership is advising people to wait until they return to avoid having their homes ransacked. 

The advice is part of a series of tips to keep homes, cars, outbuildings and personal possessions safe from opportunistic burglars this summer. 

Councillor Simon Bound, Chairman of the Safer North Hampshire Partnership said:

"I know many people want to update their social media while they are on holiday to share pictures of their activities, but be aware that local burglars may also be checking who is away and which homes or outbuildings may be unguarded over the summer. 

"Some police forces and The Financial Ombudsman have also warned people about alerting would-be burglars to their empty homes, and some insurance claims have been rejected because people have not taken reasonable care to keep their property safe."  

TOP TIPS

  • Close windows and lock all doors 
  • Make homes look occupied by using automatic timer switches to either switch on lights or turn the radio on.  
  • Secure windows when not in the room – net curtains or blinds can help to prevent burglars from seeing inside.
  • Do not discuss holiday plans in front of strangers. If possible, ask a trusted neighbour or a friend to keep an eye on the house and outbuildings.
  • Fit sheds with a good quality padlock, with fittings reinforced at the back with a steel plate. 
  • Lock vehicles, never leave items on display and do not leave the windows open, even in hot weather.

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