Think Twice Before you Post your Vacation Pictures Online
Summertime is fun time! Vacation, exciting moments, and pictures – these are almost normal expectations every summer. But for you, as a security-conscious individual, you may want to keep the fun and excitement to yourself – until you get home, at least. While some of us love the time spent on social media, it brings along some unexpected burden that may have negative effects in us in the long run.
When you post your pictures online, it may feel as though only your friends can view them and post comments. But, there is a public eye that we often ignore – and this public side of social media may expose our home and valuables to risk if you flaunt your pictures online while you are away. As more and more people use social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, there is an increased risk of vacation robbery, and this is something travelers should be wary of. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind before, during and after your vacation.
Do not post about your vacation ahead of time
As exciting as getting away may be, keep the story to yourself. Of course, telling close friends in private through texts or calls would be fine, but do not announce your “we would be gone” plans to the world.
Do not post updates during the vacation
If you have managed to keep the updates to yourself before leaving, that is great already. Now it would be wise to resist the urge to boast with pictures while you are away. It can be exciting to share your time-out experience with the world, but you would be blowing up your cover in the process. Your pictures can wait – and they would definitely not feel expired after you return.
Findings by Eyewitness Surveillance revealed that about 78% of thieves discover empty residential properties by going through vacation pictures on social media. This is an incredible number – and it is enough reason to be careful. Your updates may be innocent, but there may as well be skilled burglars lurking around with bad intentions.
So, while looking out for ways to protect your home from unwanted guests when you are gone, social media should be on your priority list as it requires even more precaution. Simply resisting the urge to post that vacation picture may save you from a lot of headache – and allow you catch as much fun as you desire.