Users Of Facebook, Twitter Are Prone To Burglaries, Say Insurance Companies

Insurers are urging clients not to post holiday details to Facebook and Twitter, because burglars often use these sites to target their victims.  “Under the terms of most insurance policies, people have a duty to make their home secure,” the Daily Star quoted recently.  “If they have told the world they are out and not coming back for a while, they might as well put a sign outside saying: ‘Burgle Me.’ You can’t blame the insurance industry for refusing to pay the bill for such irresponsibility.”  The AA said posting your whereabouts on the Internet for the world to see would be viewed as “a breach of your duty of care and would be seriously considered by an insurer.”

Darren Black, of Confused.com, said, “Criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, using Google Earth and Street View to plan their burglaries with military precision. Insurance providers are starting to take this into account when they are assessing claims.”

A website called PleaseRobMe, which gives updates on people who have left their homes, has angered many people.  However, the owners said they are trying to raise awareness about this issue, not help burglars.

What are your thoughts on all this?  Please post a comment and let us know what you think.

[Quotes obtained from scifi.com]

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One Response to Users Of Facebook, Twitter Are Prone To Burglaries, Say Insurance Companies

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