Everyone loves a holiday, you, your friends and your family… and even THEIVES. Earlier this year the North Flintshire Local Policing Team tweeted: “Did you know some companies invalidate home insurance policies if you make a social media post like this and then get burgled whilst away!
“Maybe save checking in at airports or uploading holiday snaps until you get home.”
But they warn that they expect customers to be vigilant against letting criminals know they’re not at home.
The problem is that by sharing status updates and photos on your social media accounts you effectively let burglars know that your property is empty, making it easier for them to break in.
And home insurers often require homeowners to take “reasonable care” over their property.
Fail to do this, and you could find your insurer quibbling any claim you made, either reducing the payout or even not paying at all, according to comparison site MoneySuperMarket.
It follows a warning by complaints body the Financial Ombudsman Service back in 2015 that that insurers might check policyholders’ social media accounts.
It said at the time that people who post photos of their trip or mention the dates they will be away on social media could have their break-in claims thrown out.
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