Advertising your empty house on Facebook?

Checking in, posting holiday photos and sharing images of new and expensive items can be risky, offering an open invitation to criminals.

For instance, in any other capacity, you wouldn’t dream of alerting a burglar to the fact your house is empty for two weeks and you certainly wouldn’t tell them that you have a brand new laptop sat in your bedroom!
However, in today’s society it is often commonplace to share every detail of our personal lives – but the question is, who are we really sharing these details with? 

It’s advisable to check your Facebook settings to make sure you are sharing your personal details with ‘friends’ rather than ‘friends of friends’ or ‘everyone.’ By limiting the amount of people you share your personal information with, it is less likely to end up in the wrong hands.

It is also a good idea to check your ‘friends’ to make sure all those in your list are people you are happy to share your information with.

Also beware of accepting new friends or connections if you aren’t associated with them personally; make sure you know who they are, rather than just accepting anyone. Burglars can pose as ‘friends’ to find out more information about you and your home.  

Another website burglars use to target their victims is Google Street View. This shows photographs of individual houses that would-be burglars can look at to gauge what security measure are in place.
A burglar will look out for an alarm, locks and gates, and if they see these are in place they are far less likely to target your property. If your home is referenced on Google Street View and you don’t already have these security measures in place, it is advisable to install them as soon as possible to act as a deterrent to any unwanted visitors.