Just a quick word in your shell like (ear) from me.
The BBC have been warning people about the risks of informing people on social media networks (such at Facebook and Twitter) that you and your family are away from home this Christmas, due the increased risk of burglary.
Of course house break ins are popular at Christmas holiday time anyway, as its a time that often we go away and if we are just out, we might have a house full of expensive gadgets, jewellery, iphones, ipads, consoles and the like, all of which are easy to sell once stolen. However there is no point in making it easy for burglars and broadcasting an empty home from a loud hailer.
Which is one of the reasons I don’t like Foursquare or Facebook places but that’s another blog.
Please don’t advertise the fact in your status that your home is empty at any time. You may think you are just telling a friend but keywords can be searched for in some networking sites. Tell them in private, DM or Inbox – if you must tell them on a social networking site at all.
When you return, inform people then about the great time your and your family had in LA or Grandma’s not before.
We all know these risks but sometimes we just need reminding.
Edit: Just had a discussion with Lisa @lisaven about this who stated that only trusted people would know where we live, which is totally true for most people. Unless of course you have used Facebook places and the like to check in to your home.
Hope this helps