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2uesday
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on 08/30/2012

about you. EmbarassedSmile

Please be a bit cautious about announcing on the internet that you have a holiday away from home planned and when. Last year I read that people were being targeted for burglary when it was discovered they were away, by reading about it in on-line posts. Although it 'might ?'  not matter so much here on Wizzley.  I think they were finding out through Facebook posts. Of course if you are taking the house with you Laughing or have house sitters it does not really apply. 

Only on here would I feel like it mattered to mention this, watch out I will be sending you greetings cards next. Wink

 

 

Digby_Adams
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on 08/30/2012

Very good point. My husband is super security conscious and he's always warning me about sharing too much online.

lobobrandon
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on 08/30/2012

That's true actually, it's a real problem


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Sheri_Oz
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on 08/30/2012

I was also worried about this regarding my trips to Africa that I talk about on my facebook page. Perhaps I should stop that.

Thanks for the reminder.


Guest
on 08/30/2012

Good point, 2uesday!  There have been horror stories about people who announced being away (Facebook).  Only to come home to a place stripped of its valuables and other goods that are easy to sell!

For that reason, I don't really share what I'm up to at the moment.  I am HOME whenever I write about vacations and travel. 

But I can honestly say that because of my lousy housekeeping "skills," thieves would break in and tell each other, "Well, it looks like this place has already been hit.  Let's go check out the next house."

 

2uesday
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on 08/30/2012

Thanks for seeing the point to what I was saying here and backing it up. I was worried about appearing foolish but now I am pleased that I mentioned it.

Arlene, we once had a TV set that was 13 years old. We often laughed about it and said it was not worth stealing, it always worked though and had a good picture. 

Guest
on 08/30/2012

2uesday, after working around inmates and wards, my prison life makes me see things differently on the "outside."  Your request is a very smart and valid one.  Out and about, we are trusting souls, but the next time you get in a casual conversation with a stranger, pay attention to what it is said between you.  Without even thinking about it, people give up a lot of personal information about themselves.

Criminals are everywhere, and their eyes and ears are always ready to pick up any information that will make their work easier.  In just a few minutes, a person can give away information on where they live, where they work, and the schools that their kids attend.  I've learned to stop myself and talk about tame subjects like current events and the weather. 

In public, you can still remain friendly and stay a stranger.     

BrendaReeves
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on 08/30/2012

That's why I didn't announce it on FB. If you have a special friend on FB you can just PM them. That's what I do.

My brother and four dogs were holding down the fort for me this time.

I think we're safe on here. I heard that Chef weeded out all of the burglars and axe murderers.


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Jerrico_Usher
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on 08/30/2012

... and what if one of your friends on fb isn't so, ethical? What if THEY, knowing all they know about your house are the ones... people on fb rediculousely rack up as many friends as possible until they only know a handful personally, the rest are what I call potential robbers... I never add anyone to my FB unless I know a great deal about them, it's a scary world we live in now..


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BrendaReeves
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on 08/30/2012

My friends are either relatives or women that I have known through my writing websites for two or three years. Oh, and add animal rescue people to that. I haven't given out my address, phone number or S.S number. I don't just randomly befriend people.


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sheilamarie
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on 08/30/2012

Thanks for the reminder. In the past, I would never have given out that kind of info. I'm getting sloppy. 

However, there's not much to steal at my house either. Except for this computer I have with me, I'm extremely low tech. Besides, my neighbourhood bears would scare them off.

And my house isn't empty either. A man who's much bigger than I am lives there.

But you are, of course, right. My lips are zipped.


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2uesday
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on 08/31/2012

I am probably over cautious about things like this, after seeing the effect on a relative of an attempted house robbery a couple of years ago.

 

 

 

frugalrvers
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on 09/04/2012

Just checking in and couldn't resist...of course, it is very good advice in this thread!

Fortunately for me, however, my home is where I roam! So all that is left, where I used to reside, is an empty field! Laughing

We pulled into a new site yesterday, to stay two days, and almost the whole place is vacant...it is lovely!

Ok...signing off...see you all soon!


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JoHarrington
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on 09/05/2012

I'm back!


And yes, a very wise reminder.  But I'm all good - I don't live alone.  My house still had two-thirds of its residents, while I was away. :D


Ragtimelil
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on 09/05/2012

Glad everyone is back, safe and sound! Missed you guys! It was just too darn quiet around here!!!!


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