Posting to social media while away from home

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Now that summer is here it won't be long before families are hitting the road for vacations, and posting to social media while they do it.

"I post pictures constantly, I'm always on social media," Waverly resident Ashley Joiner said. "I have albums from just about every trip that we've taken."

While it's not uncommon for people to share photos of their trip on social media while they're traveling, it may not be the best idea. Here's why:

"Because people surf on social media, if they can find where you live they're going to come to your house, they will look to see if someone is checking your mail, if you have lights on, if someone staying there," Lieutenant Scott Wheeler at the Chemung County Sheriff's Office said. "If you're not there you could become a victim."

For Joiner, posting photos from vacations is a way to stay in touch with friends and family members who live far away. Plus she said she has another way to prevent intruders from entering her home.

"You know I've got four dogs, two large dogs that have ferocious barks and I'm confident in the fact that at least one of them would get anybody that wants to mess with the house to go away," Joiner said.

Others take more precautions.

"We always wait until we're home to post pictures," Ohio resident David Estes said. "Sometimes we'll do a status update but we only share it with our friends and people that would know that we were gone."

"We just notify relatives that live around us, we pick one and say you know come take care of the dogs, keep an eye on the house, grab the mail just you know your basic everyday stuff," Waverly resident Lewis Yost said.

Checking your privacy settings on apps like Facebook and Snapchat can also help prevent burglars from finding your whereabouts. Those apps are able to track your location, even when you aren't using them.
 


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