Social media may seem like the perfect place to share pictures of your Christmas decorations and a tree full of presents. But the festive season is also the best time for crime to occur – and sharing too much online could tip off burglars. Research has shown that there is an increased risk of theft and home burglaries taking place during the holidays, with robberies increasing a huge 38.11% at this time of year.
Experts at ADT reveal top tips for posting safely online over Christmas
Keep the gifts a secret
Any images or videos of gifts under the tree, being bought or in the wrapping process can alert burglars that there will be goods left in the property during the build-up to Christmas day. Try to keep any presents out of view while taking pictures of your tree.
Avoid giving strangers a tour of the house
You may be tempted to show off your Christmas decorations this year, but be careful not to show your property layout, as this could show possible entrances and exits. When sharing your decor, try to focus images of specific things, like the Christmas tree or table layout rather than the full room
Avoid sharing your plans online
It can be tempting to post online about going to visit family and friends for a week during the festive season, but this alerts burglars of times when the property will be empty. To be safe, leave the location tags off your posts, and save some posts until you’re back home. For extra security, you can install smart plugs to turn lamps on and off to give the impression that someone is home.
Don’t show off your doors
When sharing images of your wreath hanging on your door, or the lights outside your home be careful of showing the types of locks on your doors and the materials they’re made of. Remember to take pictures and videos of your decorations close up so that thieves can’t collect information about your home.
Michele Bennett, managing director at ADT UK Subscriber, said: “At Christmas, when our houses are decorated, we can feel a bit more house proud, but it is important that we take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and our homes on social media. This festive season, be cautious whilst posting on social media by following our tips, and keep your family safe this Christmas.
“For a greater level of security, it is also essential to consider installing a fully integrated smart alarm system. Systems with add-ons such as cameras and doorbells provide an extra layer of protection which means you don’t have to worry about having an unexpected visitor, especially if you plan on going away for the holidays.”