Travellers urged not to discuss holiday plans online

Monday 19 December 2011

Holidaymakers who plan to use a travel money website to secure the best deals on their foreign currency have been urged not to divulge their plans via the internet. Bosses at the Insurance Council of Australia have warned that telling people on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook that you are heading abroad could lead to burglars targeting your empty home. The last thing Aussies need is to return from a relaxing holiday to find their property has been ransacked. Chief executive of the organisation Rob Whelan said it doesn't take much effort for a thief to find uninhabited houses. "These days, many of us feel comfortable sharing personal information with friends and colleagues, but not everyone using social media has a positive motive," he remarked. Recent statistics compiled by Pegasus View showed the global demand for holidays has grown by 4.7 per cent year-on-year, which makes the advice offered by the Insurance Council of Australia all the more important.

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