Why It’s Wise Not to Share Holiday Plans on Facebook or Twitter

When you get excited about vacation plans, do you share them with everyone? You may not realise it, but everyone in the supermarket or salon can overhear your conversation. Keep your plans private, and wait until you return to share the details. Plus you should also avoid posting/tweeting about where you are going and checking into places on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Keri McMullen was still feeling the afterglow of success for accomplishing a 10K race earlier in the day when she posted an update on her Facebook account at around 6 p.m. It read:

“Heading to the Hill with Kurt…to see Fire Department.”

Kurt – her fiancé – and four of her friends went with her 2-and-a-half hours later to see a local group, Fire Department Band, perform at a bar just 10 minutes away from home. While they were enjoying the music, 2 men in hooded sweatshirts were in their home helping themselves to whatever valuables they could find.

When Keri and Kurt finally returned home at about midnight, they immediately noticed the absence of their plasma TV. Next observation involved the laptops, which were now gone from the kitchen table where they last left them. When Kurt checked the surveillance footage from the CCTV camera he himself had installed, he confirmed what had just happened. The couple lost around $10,000 worth of property.

Keri then posted another update on her Facebook – this time, about the burglary the night before. She included images of the perpetrators, taken from the video footage. What she got out of this was the confirmation that one of the suspects involved used to be her neighbour when she was still living with her family. And he had added Keri as a friend on Facebook a couple of months earlier.

Before you start going through your friends list and deleting suspicious contacts, read the rest of this post first. The lesson is not keeping your Facebook friend count to a minimum but preventing yourself from disclosing confidential information about your current or future whereabouts – even if that “future” is only minutes away.

The Telegraph reported  a survey result quoting that 4 out of 5 criminals who were convicted of burglary in 2011 used social media websites.

One of those convicted, made this insightful statement:

“We’re living in the age of the digital criminal and people are taking advantage of social media to access information about would-be victims. We’ll tell them even when we’re going away on holidays. We let them know that we’re not home. We’re inviting them into our homes.”

Facebook and Twitter are not the only tools: Foursquare and Google Street View also give burglars a clue on whether it’s the perfect time to pay a short visit to your house. In fact, 74-78% of burglars use the last two sites to get the information they need.

Rather than let everyone know where you are going, opt to tell your Facebook friends where you have been instead or send key friends a private message.

The same survey reported by The Telegraph also revealed that the burglars interviewed said that “a simple home alarm would have deterred them from targeting the property in the first place.”

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