It’s natural to want to share exciting news on social media or your blog, but be careful. Over-sharing can put you and your property in harm’s way. Even if you think you have top notch security settings on Facebook or another shareable platform, that doesn’t necessarily stop people who you think are “friends” or their acquaintances from spying on you with ill intentions. What if their phone gets stolen and the thief starts scrolling through their newsfeed for tips?
While it’s frustrating, it’s often best to wait to share some information about your home and whereabouts or (in some cases) never share at all. Otherwise, you might be unintentionally dishing up ideas and suggests for criminals and burglars without even knowing it. Here are some of the biggest posting faux pas to avoid and why.
1. Posting about vacation plans
You might be really excited about that upcoming, international, tropical trip but if you post about vacation plans before they happen, you’re essentially telling people your home will be unguarded. It doesn’t matter if you leave out specific dates or have a house sitter on duty (and post about that, too). It’s pretty easy for a pro burglar to figure out when you’re gone and when any housesitters are off duty.
2. Details of your custom built home
You have a reputable contractor secured and can’t wait to share the plans of your dream home as they come into focus. However, there might be valuable tools left at the work site or a vandal might get a kick out of harming your future home before it’s even completed. Never post addresses or photos that give away location.
3. Your address
Some social media sites encourage users to post personal information including their address and phone number. Your real friends already know where you live, and in instances where you do need to share your address (like online invitations), do so in the actual invitation and make sure it’s closed. There’s no reason to include your address to all your “friends.”
4. Photos of your home
There are some instances where this makes sense, like when your custom built home is complete or you just bought a new house. However, make sure to blur out any address numbers and don’t snap photos of desirable and theft-worthy items like that shiny new ATV.
Steer clear of advertising a prime location for theft and vandalism. Why give criminals more incentive than they already have?