People announcing their holiday plans on social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter are putting themselves at risks from thieves and burglars.
A new study has found that thieves are scanning social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter to see which people in their area of operations are out on a holiday.
The rise in use of social networks is prompting people to share their holiday plans with every one they know, and thieves are gladly exploiting the opportunity to know that owners will not come barging in while they are ransacking a home.
Researchers claim that thieves are able to find out the exact address of a social network user based on the status messages they put on Facebook or Twitter.
The research, which was carried out by The Co-operative Travel along with Co-operative Insurance, revealed that thieves were able to track down a user’s address just minutes after a status message announcing their location and travel plans is posted.
“The traditional precautions people take to protect their homes whilst they're on holiday are being undermined by the growth in social media. This is particularly true for families with teenage children, who perhaps aren't as aware of the need to avoid telling strangers that your house will be unoccupied,” Trevor Davis of The Co-Operative Travel said in a statement (opens in new tab).