C'mon People, Stop Posting Vacation Plans On Facebook

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C'mon People, Stop Posting Vacation Plans On Facebook

Is your vacant home safe while on vacation?


After recently watching the movie "Home Alone" with my kids, we were reminded that the holidays are the most popular time for break-ins. Although this movie obviously had a funny theme, the dangers of leaving your home unattended are all too real.

Over the last few days, I've seen a ton of posts from my "friends" about their upcoming vacations. Things like: "2 days to Florida...can't wait", "Entire family headed to the airport---1 week of fun in the sun".  

Remember, your posts are not as private as you think and telling the whole world that your home will be empty is an invitation for trouble.  In the spirit of security, we wanted to share a few tips to make sure your home is safe and secure this holiday season.


1.     Make Sure All Doors and Windows Are Locked. - Yes, I realize this is pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people rush out the door without checking every single entrance to their home. Some locks stick, especially in older homes, so be sure to check everything before leaving.

2.     Cancel Your Newspaper. - Nothing screams vacant home better than newspapers piling up in your driveway.

3.     Keep Lights On With A Timer. - My grandparents always used timers and I thought they were silly, but actually make a lot of sense if your home is empty.

4.     Tell Your Neighbors. - Let your neighbors ( provided that you like and trust them of course ) know of your plans so they can be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

5.     Have A Friend Check On Your Home- Having someone stop by to make sure things are ok is a smart idea.  I actually have a friend who has someone pull into and out of his garage when there is a snowfall, so that anyone driving by will see the new tracks, giving the appearance that someone is home. A little paranoid perhaps, but not a bad idea.  

Oh, and a another suggestion, please don't post while you are actually on vacation, because this is just as bad. Share the pictures of you on the beach after you get home.

Enjoy your vacation, just be smart.



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Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Dan, Every time I see one of these posts I just want to shout "What are you thinking????" And it's not even just the kids, it's the adults. Congrats on the feature!

Dec 20, 2010 12:07 PM #96
Gary & April Greer
Century 21 Wright - Temecula, CA
Real Estate Professionals

Great advice!  Share the trip and photos after you get home.  We have lights on timers too when we go away.  There are timers now that will go on and off several times. 

Dec 20, 2010 12:31 PM #97
Chrystal Safari Roy
Real Estate Realty LLC - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Luxury Property Specialist

you could always add: but the hungry doberman's not traveling with us. LOL

Dec 20, 2010 01:34 PM #98
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Good suggestions.  I guess I've been paranoid enough to pretty much not post any plans on FB until they're over.

Dec 20, 2010 02:58 PM #99
Kelsey Barklow
Evans & Evans Real Estate - Johnson City, TN
423/948-9154, Marne Drinnon 423/202-2277

Just a few of the reasons why social media is much more than the sum of it parts. So much to be careful about now. Good post topic.

Dec 20, 2010 02:59 PM #100
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Great tips Dan and Amy!!!!  Thanks for sharing!

Dec 20, 2010 03:25 PM #101
John Whittinghill
Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta - Marietta, GA
Marietta, GA Real Estate Agent

Good points, lol, reminds me of the scene in Home Alone where Joe Pesci is telling the home owner precautions for the vacation, "And don't, worry, your home is in very good hands!"

Dec 20, 2010 04:32 PM #102
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Thank you everyone for your comments. We will do our best to respond to all of you and check out your blogs as well.

Dec 20, 2010 05:11 PM #103
Janine Boulay-Seibert
Remax Town & Country - Andrews, NC
NC & GA Real Estate Broker

Great Advise, we all forget the Internet reaches the bad guy too, we all like to share and at time sharing is too dangerous. Its bad enough we put strangers in our cars and drive them around town.

Dec 20, 2010 05:52 PM #104
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Yes, it's hard to realize that not everyone on FB is a "friend."

Dec 20, 2010 08:09 PM #105
Michael Myers
King-Rhodes & Associates - Cherokee Village, AR

Cmon people.... Nothing surprises me about the stupidity of the general public, and it shouldn't surprise any of you either. Posting your life on Facebook or Twitter is not good and it is quite obvious why.

People will never learn and then end up on the 5 o' clock news sobbing "poor me" when they come home and it's all gone, and then we're somehow all supposed to feel sorry for these people and shocked that something like this could happen. Uh.... no.

It's actually kind of funny if it wasn't so ridiculous.

Dec 21, 2010 12:47 AM #106
Phil Parisi
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Laviano & Associates - Jensen Beach, FL
Specializing in Florida's Treasure Coast

Great Advise

Dec 21, 2010 02:25 AM #107
Pam Orzan PA ~ Delray Beach Realtor Property Matters LLC
Property Matters LLC - Delray Beach, FL
Selling Delray, Boca Raton, & Boynton Beach

It's so crazy to me that people do this! I had a friend post to facebook that she would be gone from this date to that date...it's a crazy world, you have to be soooo cautious!

Dec 21, 2010 03:27 AM #108
Francisco Garcia, Jr.
FG Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
480-277-2922 http://franciscogarciajr.com

How funny never really thought of this but then again social media is all about tracking you

Dec 21, 2010 08:11 AM #109
Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

This is great advice that everyone should get in the habit of following... It is also a good practice to never give you FULL name, never give anyone even the slightest idea of where you live, its bad enough they will know your city you live in but don't let them know the neighborhood, and post all plans as past tense or as tenative. Never post definate plans, dates, or events on your facebook page or anyone elses at that. But feel free to post pictures of your vacation after you get home and find that you belongings are safely where you left them.

Dec 22, 2010 03:35 AM #110

Hello, here's something to ponder about. i remember one time, a long time ago, before the internet and computers, when we were living in Texas, we went on vacation and before we left we put a little 3x5 card on the outside of the front door that read something like this: "Caretaker, please do not come in! our son's pet rattle snake got out of the cage and we don't know where it is!"  Needless to say when we got back everything was just the way we left it. It was a little drastic but it worked. LOL.

Jerry Dragoon - Select Properties of South Florida




Dec 22, 2010 02:25 PM #111
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate
Not only vacation plans, but a lot of personal information that you don't want strangers to know. No matter what your settings, Facebook is not that private!
Dec 22, 2010 11:47 PM #112
Margaret C. Taylor
Century 21 New Millennium MD - Mechanicsville, MD
St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent

Good advice for keeping homes secure and safe to come home to.  Margaret C

Dec 27, 2010 05:19 AM #113
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

Great tips!  I don't know why so many people post things like that on Facebook.  Happy Holidays!

Dec 28, 2010 12:46 PM #114
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Hi everyone, thank you for your comments. I am slowly working on reading all of your blogs and commenting on them as well.

Dec 30, 2010 03:40 AM #115
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