‘We kept tabs on followers’ Ex-burglars on the social media posts putting homes at risk

Holiday posts

Instagram is full of users sharing photos of their travels, with 16.3 million #airport uploads and a whopping 152 million #holiday hashtags.

While it may be tempting to post some snaps of a holiday, this can be an opportunity for a burglar to make a move on your home.

An ex-burglar explained: “We used to keep tabs on when our followers were away from home.

“We could find out where they were going and how long for, to plan the best way of making a move.”

Instagram “bragging”

On Instagram, 86,000 people have used #bragging to call out those showing off their expensive lifestyle or products.

Sharing photos of jewellery, cars or technology can advertise the value of certain goods.

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