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

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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...