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Tuesday 23rd of January 2018
July 25, 2011

ABI warns against announcing holiday plans

by Richard Kilner

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The 35 million Britons who utilise social media sites are being urged not to disclose their holiday plans by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Estimates suggest up to a third of people who use such websites disclose their plans online, providing free and useful information to eagle-eyed thieves.

Last year the peak of the holiday season saw insurers grappling with 752 claims a day, making it the busiest period of burglary claims of the year.

The ABI also advises social media users not to acknowledge as a friend people who are unknown, keep lights on a timer, and ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

ABI Director of General Insurance and Health Nick Starling warned that unoccupied homes during summer were already at a heightened risk of burglary without advertising the fact online.

Earlier this month AXA warned that people were putting their homes at risk of burglary by keeping their car and home keys together and having their SatNavs programmed with their home address.

An increasing number of car thieves have been opportunistically using the SatNav to drive to their victim’s home, and then using their keys to burgle it.

 

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