It’s easy to overlook basic home safety precautions when preparing to leave for a vacation. In our age of social media, there is an added element of public visibility to your travels which can put your home at risk of burglary while you are absent.
Here are some digital privacy tips to follow before, during, and after your vacation.
- Don’t make any social media posts announcing, “I’m going on vacation!”
Sure, you should tell your family and neighbours that you’re away. Having a neighbour keep an eye on your home throughout the trip can be valuable. It can also be helpful to have someone come by to mow your lawn and pick up any mail or flyers that have been delivered.
Do you really need to announce to the entire world your intentions to be away?
Doing so makes it very easy for burglars to have visibility on your absence. This puts your home at risk!
- Be sure that your location-based settings are DISABLED.
If you leave these settings enabled on your phone, everyone will know where you are.
Turning off your location settings is as easy as flipping a switch. Simply toggle your location from on to off for the entire duration of your time away.
- Double-check your Facebook tagging settings.
Set up your Facebook account so that you get alerted and must approve posts and pictures when your account has been tagged.
A well-meaning friend who posts a picture of you together on a beach somewhere remote might do more harm than good. Smart people approve these for publishing once they get back home.
- Resist the urge to CHECK-IN when on vacation.
Do not rely on social media for your travel diary. Try taking pictures and keeping a written travel journal to hold onto all the memories of your travels. Or, you can capture the experiences and special moments of your summer vacation on your own blog or website.
Checking in at the restaurants you’re eating in or the hotel you’re staying at will alert everyone online that you are out of town.
- Don’t post while on summer vacation. Enjoy your trip and be in the moment!
Take that awesome picture of the sunset. Then, actually enjoy the sunset. Give yourself a bit of a digital detox and do not worry about posting the photographs immediately.
Consider using a social media management tool, like Hootsuite, to write posts and Tweets. These tools allow you to schedule all posts after you return home.
- Consider enjoying a technology-free summer vacation this year.
You will not only enjoy your trip more by being in the moment, you will also give yourself an additional layer of privacy! Digital tools are wonderful for capturing memories. Ensure that they do not expose you to unnecessary risk by avoiding these many social media mistakes when going on summer vacation.
Taking the proper precautions before you go on vacation can make all the difference when it comes to reducing the risk of theft. We hope that you find these tips on how to protect your home from burglars helpful.