Why is it we tend to tell everyone we’re going on vacation, a weekend getaway or a business trip? Sure it is fun to “brag” a bit of your upcoming holiday but here’s something to think about.
Any chance you have told your hair stylist or the the person standing next to you on the sidelines of your kid’s soccer game, bagging your groceries, cleaning your carpet or changing the oil in your car that you’re heading out of town. Here’s our advice: Shut up.
“Stop treating strangers like they’re you’re best friend,” says Shaw, who was in the burglary “business” from 1969 to the late 1980s.
He says thieves have informants everywhere. In fact, some of Shaw’s best tipsters were carpet installers, hairstylists and bank workers. “These folks were often told about a customer’s upcoming trip and gave us the details, making it very easy to plan our ‘visit’ to the house,” he says.
So do yourself a favor and be a little more careful who you share your plans with. One of the hottest trends for burglars right now is to scowl social media for victims. A quick glance at someone’s profile for an announcement about a vacation or a night out is a great way to see if a home will be occupied.