Vero Voice


Tom Hinds

By Jimmy Higgins
Chief Executive Officer

14 September, 2016

We’re often asked: “If I’ve posted photos of my holiday on social media and I get burgled, will you reject my insurance claim?”

Most of the time, the answer is no. But taking care with what you post on social media is a good way to protect yourself and minimise your risk of getting burgled while you’re on holiday.

Simple tips for protecting yourself when you’re on holiday

1 Keep it private Use your privacy settings to make sure you’re only sharing photos and posts with your friends and family. That’ll stop strangers finding out your house is vacant. 
2 Showcase your holiday – not your home addressCheck that there is no connection between your ‘online’ identity and your physical address. That way even if strangers do see your posts, they’ll only get details of your holiday – not your vacant home.

Keep your home secure

Making sure you’ve secured your home and belongings maintains your insurance cover and means you can rest easy while you’re away. It might seem obvious, but it is important to:

  • Lock all doors and windows and switch on burglar alarms
  • Stop your newspapers or ask a friend or neighbour to collect your mail
  • If you can, fit sensor lights or set an internal light on a timer
  • Ask a friend to check on your property from time to time 

Make sure you're coveredIf you’re going to be away for a long period, you need to let us know. We’ll check you’re still covered, and tell you what you need to do if you’re not.

Take care with what you post on social media. But most importantly, enjoy your holiday. Leave the insurance worries to us.

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