Oversharing on Social Media Increasing Risks of Burglary

For students, sharing that they are going home for the holidays or even that they are heading out for the night could lead to an increased risk of burglary.

New research shows that those who overshare details of their lives on Facebook increase their chances of being robbed or burgled.

Swinston  analyzed over 70,000 ‘risky’ social media posts and saw a direct link between oversharing and the UK’s most burgled locations.

People in the South East were identified as the most likely to overshare on social media. Meaning students from Christ Church University, University of Kent and UCA could be heightening their chances of being a victim of crime.

Crime data also showed that nearly half of the time, a person is burgled by a person who they know and are monitoring their social media.

According to Swinton, there’s been a 33% increase in ‘risky’ social media post this year.

Yale UK are urging students to take extra precautions when protecting their homes or accommodation – and offering advice how to reduce the risks of being burgled.

They said: “Students should be mindful of sharing too much about their daily activity and whereabouts. If you live alone, don’t share that you have a lecture every Wednesday from 1-2.

“Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t actually know.

“Privacy settings – make sure that yours are set to friends and family only.”

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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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