Burglary levels are on the increase in Ireland and insurance firms are starting to look at the way people use social media and its relationship to house break-ins.
Campion Insurance has carried out a survey* and found that 21% of 600 respondents have experienced a burglary of their home.
Of the same 600 homes, 63% are on Facebook and Twitter and this is where the insurance company tries to find a link between posting to social networks and burglaries.
Just before people go away, 15.2% inform their social networks of their future departure. While away, aware that their home is empty, 16.1% of homeowners tweet or post status updates on Facebook. “This is the tip of the iceberg as this does not take into account teens or other family members who are communicating with their buddies,” says the firm.
Campion Insurance also looked at the mobile phone use of people while driving. 6.3% admitted posting to Facebook or tweeting while driving. Most significantly, 30.5% of drivers send SMS messages and answer calls while driving.
“There is no way to text, answer calls or check social media feeds and drive safely. Powering down your mobile phone when you’re behind the wheel can save lives – maybe even your own.” Says Jim Campion, CEO of Campion Insurance
18.5% of homeowners post pictures to their social networks while out of the country, which friends often like or comment on, informing a wider community of strangers of the key holders’ absence.
In cases where burglaries have occurred during holidays, currently 2.4% can pinpoint a status update or tweet that alerted thieves.
When asked if they trust everyone in their social network some 71.4% said they do not.
6.3% of drivers admit checking Facebook and Twitter on tweets while driving vehicles and 3.3% do so while the vehicle is moving.
30.5% of drivers send SMS messages and answer calls while driving.
* The figures come from a survey of more than 600 respondents with home or car insurance policies and was conducted online from Feb 4 to 11.