With summer vacation time upon us, it is a good opportunity to remind vacationers about the risks of posting holiday plans and pictures via social media.
Case in point: a well-known actress had her Hollywood home broken into while she and her family were vacationing in Canada. She had recently posted a number of pictures of her holiday activities on Instagram. Likely using that information, burglars ransacked her home, stealing several hundred thousand dollars worth of jewelry.
Recent reports of other stars victimized in this way have also surfaced. Observant criminals can use social media to target vacationing victims who “advertise” the fact that their home is unoccupied.
While it’s fun to share your holiday with friends and family, be aware that criminals may be watching, too!