Spring Break is upon us and many will be getting ready to head off to the beach or the slopes for some well deserved time off. For some the first instinct is to tweet about our plans or post on Facebook or other social media. Nowadays, when folks go on vacation, it’s not just the five people in their office who know about it – it’s their entire Twitter following.” says Steve Kolobaric of Weiser. “People often forget that a simple status update about their trip can act as a feeding frenzy for thieves, and can actually create a vulnerable and dangerous situation for their home, belongings, and also any family that they may leave behind.”
Posts to Social Media either on the way to vacation or pictures from the slopes or beach are open invitations to thieves who now know your house is empty. To help you avoid coming home to a nasty surprise the folks wh make Weiser Locks offer up these tips.
1. Don’t update any statuses or “tweet” the dates that you are going away. Also, be sure to utilize the privacy settings on social media sites correctly to ensure that strangers are not seeing things you didn’t intend for them to see.
2. Be careful when using the “check-in” feature on Facebook, and be weary of apps that share your location to others. The new generation of apps broadcasts your location at all times to friends — and in many cases to people you don’t even know. And unlike the previous generations of applications that required you to check in to a venue, these apps are persistent unless you pause them or turn them off.
3. Don’t write about how frustrated you are because your front door doesn’t shut properly, or about how you’re getting new windows installed over the weekend.
4. Don’t post photos of the new 52” TV in your living room or the vintage Harley Davidson in your garage.
5. Be careful to monitor what your children are posting i.e.: “Parents gone all weekend! House to myself!”
I know the lead says six tips. Well, the sixth one is a bit of a commercial: “6. DO post updates or “tweet” about the great new security system or locks you just had installed like the Weiser Smartcode Electronic Keypad Deadbolt.” This video shows what they are talking about:
Looks cool and appeals to my inner gadget freak..I could be tempted to try it out.