We live in a world where sharing our lives on social media has become almost second nature to many of us. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are a part of our daily lives, whether you live in Fuengirola, Mijas or in fact any of the towns on the Costa del Sol and further afield.
For example: Let’s say you’ve just purchased the state of the art TV that you’ve had your eye on, or the sparkling piece of jewelry you’ve been dreaming about. Maybe you’ve finally booked that fabulous holiday to a far-flung location for some much needed rest and relaxation. Of course, you will be eager to share your happiness with friends and family, you may unwittingly publish personal details on social media.
What you may not realize is that you could be sharing these intimate details of your life with not just your friends and family, but also with people who would like to invade your home.
Police have noted a rise in “Facebook burglaries”. Over the past few years as social media has become an ever increasing presence in our lives, savvy burglars are taking advantage by using posts to plan their next big score.
If you’re posting this sort of information online, you need to be aware that you could be providing an open invitation to burglars. You are effectively telling them that your house will be sitting empty while you’re out of the country, and even more helpful, you may have given them a shopping list by including images of your prized possessions in your posts.
What You Should Do
There are several measures you can take to make sure your social media use isn’t making you an easy target:
- Don’t make it easy for them. Turn off geolocation on your posts so that they won’t be able to find out where you live (so easily) or when you are away from home.
- Make sure that the privacy settings on your social media accounts are set correctly, so that only friends can see your status updates, photos or tweets.
- Experts also advise that you simply wait until you have returned before posting any details or photos of your holiday. It is better not to post photos of valuables in your home, even if your profile is only accessible to friends, as you never know whom you can trust.
Following these steps will reduce the risk of your social media presence turning your property into a potential target. However, the most effective method of ensuring that your property and family are secure is to install an alarm system in your home. This could be a monitored security system including CCTV cameras and video protection or wireless house alarms. Whichever system you choose it should include a security guard callout service and 24 hour connection to a control centre.