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Today’s share is an excellent article written by Sally Cronin, warning about cyber safety when you go on vacation. Sally reminds us that posting about vacations on social media can be an invitation to burglars.



Smorgasbord Something to Think About – Summer holidays – Who is watching your house?

This is not the first time that I have posted this but it is perhaps time for a reminder. The summer holidays where people are away for a couple of weeks at a time is the busiest time of the year for criminals. Especially when so many of us kindly leave the door open in the virtual world, by announcing our departure and then posting photographs of our fun in the sun!

We assume that it will only be the rich and famous who are posting on Instagram and have a house full of expensive items John Terry Footballer – but there are plenty of opportunistic petty thieves who are happy with some electronics and any jewelery lying around.

These days in our capital cities, even hanging your arm out of the window of your car with a half-way decent watch on your wrist is asking for some thug on a moped to relieve you of it!



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We have all read the stories in the press of teenagers planning a get together whilst parents are away for the night and five thousand turn up on the doorstep and then trash the house.. Every parent’s nightmare.. Yet we adults also have to be careful about what we post on Facebook that might invite unwanted guests into our home. We also have to be savvy about what we post while we are away as this too might end up costing you thousands.

We are going on holiday……yeah!

As we head towards the summer holidays and millions of us board planes and ships to travel around the world, the first thing that we want to do is share our wonderful experiences. With the world-wide web you can post your images to Facebook and other sites every day as you glow in the bask of the sunset with a cocktail in hand.

First and foremost of course is the little matter of telling the world that you are on holiday and that your house is more than likely empty except for all your worldly possessions. Not only that, . . . Continue reading



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  1. Thank you so much Debby for sharing the word… nothing worse than coming back from an amazing holiday to find your home trashed. hugs ♥

    1. Absolutely Sal. An informative article that all people who spend lots of time online should pay heed to. 🙂 <3 (P.S. sorry WP put this out a day early) <3 xoxo

  2. All wise advice. It’s definitely something to be thoughtful about. Thanks for sharing Sally’s words of wisdom.

    1. Thanks for visiting Diana. <3

  3. Sally has traveled so much more than me so I value her suggestions. All great!

    1. Wise tips for all us, for sure Olga. 🙂 xx

  4. Learned this one a long time ago. There’s plenty of time to share those photos AFTER you come back. Still, if you have good security, live in gated community, apartment or condo with a locked front door and a desk–MAYBE you can get away with it. But we all know about people who open doors for strangers in large complexes without knowing who the person is.

    1. All true John! 🙂

  5. Yes … don’t advertise your open house too much – we still need reminding … cheers Hilary

    1. So true Hilary. I do get carried away too while away but I live in a gated community but still, I guess everyone is really vulnerable. 🙂

  6. It’s so true. Sally, for your post and wise advice. Thank you, Debby, for sharing. When I read people’s announcements od their vacation, then day to day report of their travel, I thought, they’d be lucky if nothing happened to their home. Right now when we do go away, we load our luggage before open the garage door. I set the timers of the light in different rooms of the house. We have many new neighbors.

    1. Great idea Miriam, loading your luggage in the garage, and of course leaving timed lights on, which I always had set in all my homes. One can never be too safe in this day and age. 🙂 xx

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