Out-of-Town Tweets Blamed for BurglaryBy Home Security Source Jun 8 , 2009 | 4:45:00 pmPosted in: Burglary & Loss Prevention, Home, Personal Safety, Travel
There are millions of people who innocently reveal vacation plans and the like on popular social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. In the case of an Arizona-based video editor who posted his vacation plans on Twitter before he left town, his computer and video equipment were stolen the same weekend. He blames his the fact that he announced his vacation plans on Twitter for the burglary.
Stories like this remind us to be careful with the information we send out, even through social media sites. There are other sources of information about you on the internet, such as the online phone book, that makes putting a location to the name easy. Even something as harmless as uploaded or tagged photos or videos can reveal your location. And If you announce to your Twitter “followers” or Facebook “friends” that you’re out of town for the weekend, you might as well be putting a sign on your front door that says “temporarily unoccupied.”
Too keep your home and valuables safe, try not to reveal your location and vacation plans on social media sites. Also, consider additional preventive measures such as a home security system to help protect you from home burglaries.
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