Oversharing on Social Media.

By Zoe Fripp.

Students all over the UK are heading back to their accommodation this week for another year of study. For many, it will be their first time away from home and for others, it will be their first time living in a house rather than halls.

One thing those students are not aware of, however, is how to reduce the risk of being burgled, therefore Swinton Home Insurance and Yale UK have teamed up to help people all over the UK to protect their home from burglary.

Recent frightening research from Swinton a direct correlation between oversharing on social media and the UK’s most burgled locations, by analysing over 70,000 social media posts.

Many students share that they are going home for the holidays or even that they are heading out for the night, which can all lead to an increased risk of burglary. The South East, in particular, was identified as the most likely to overshare on social media, meaning that students attending the University of Oxford, Southampton Solent University, the University of Surrey and Royal Holloway are just a few examples at risk of oversharing on social media.

Crime data has shown that 49% of burglary offenders are known to the victim and means that thieves are potentially monitoring social media accounts to find their window of opportunity. Research by Swinton supports this view, with a 33% increase in these social media posts this year.

Yale UK warns students should be careful of:

  • Sharing too much about their daily activities and whereabouts. If you live alone, don’t share that you have a lecture every Wednesday from 1-2.
  • Not accepting friend requests from people that they don’t know personally. Freshers weeks are an exciting time to meet new people, but how much do you really know about them?
  • Privacy settings – make sure that yours are set to friends and family only.
  • Sharing too much about their daily activities and whereabouts. If you live alone, don’t share that you have a lecture every Wednesday from 1-2.
  • Not accepting friend requests from people that they don’t know personally. Freshers weeks are an exciting time to meet new people, but how much do you really know about them?

Taking these precautions mean that you are likely to live a much safer and happier life at university, and you can enjoy your nights out to the fullest without sharing too much information!

To compare data from the last two years, visit: http://www.swinton.co.uk/spotlight/your-home/social-media-invitation-burglary/2018-2017-comparison/

 

 

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