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1. Do keep your vacation plans quiet on social media.

If you love to share photos about the fun places you are going, take a notepad and write down the interesting parts, then when you get back home, share away.

If you are anything like me, I love taking photos and sharing our fun times with everyone (or at least those who look at my photography Facebook page). This one was a hard one for me. I take photos of almost everything and I have to catch myself before I hit the share button.

You may think it’s just a fun thing to do, but have you given thought to those who may follow your social media postings? Do you know everyone on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc pages? I know I do not. My page started out with me using my personal page that intertwined with my former business as a personal trainer. By the time I learned I should have created a business page, I had over a thousand “friends.” So I just kept building my personal page and posted both personal and business related photos, quotes, inspiration posts and much more.

My point is that when someone wanted to be my Facebook “friend,” I accepted them onto my page. However, I didn’t know every single person, some were friends of friends and others organically found me. When a person doesn’t know who is following their page, they open themselves up to letting others who may not be as honest as you think see what is going on in their lives.

There are people out there in social media land that will and do watch for when people go out of town. We make it easier when we announce our travel plans, “Oh, I can’t wait till next week, when we leave for Mexico.”

I have also worked in law enforcement for over 35 years. I know how a burglar thinks, how easy we make it for them and nobody is the wiser as to who broke in and took everything. Hint; it’s usually someone you know.

Another social media tip you could make use of is to schedule out your posts. If you are the type that posts every day, someone will think something is up if you aren’t posting for a week, a month or even longer.

You may also want to think about turning off the location setting on your phone and don’t do any check-ins showing that you are at a restaurant in Cancun.

By applying some of these simple tips, you are making it harder for a burglar to know when you are home or not.