The amount and type of information that can be shared through social networking sites is outstanding. It allows people to share and connect with family, friends, co-workers and even strangers or outsiders. And this can be a bad thing.

Especially with the holidays coming up, there are some precautions you should take when you post a status on Facebook, write an update on Twitter, check in and out on Foursquare or blog on your site (and not just for the holidays either, but all the time). You see, robbers are starting to take advantage of social media. Site likes Foursquare or Facebok or others that show when somebody is away from their home or traveling for a long period of time can be advantageous for burgarlars.

In a survey conducted overseas, in the UK, 80% of ex-burglars admitted to using Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to “target which properties to rob.” And then another 73% claimed to have used Google Street View to check out the neighborhoods in advanced.

So while you’re on Facebook or Twitter, is it really wise for you to state “The whole family is out for dinner, we’ll be home later!” or something to that extent on your status update? This is something we should all be thinking about, especially during the holiday season. We can’t be too cautious when it comes to our lives and personal belongings that we’ve worked so hard for.

While the majority of people use social media for good, there are, sadly, a few who will use it for ill intents. So it’s best and wise for us to all be a little more cautious of what we share on social media outlets.

Taken from it’s original online source [Mashable: Social Thievery], below are some statistics we should all look into:

-38.1% of burglaries occur doing the day time (compared to 20.5% at night & 15.3% unknown); so while everyong is away at school, at work or running errands, it’s best to keep that information private
-78% of burglars use Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to target potential propeties
-35% of Americans ages 18-34 check in or tweet about their location

Here are a few images taken from the original source as well that give some more insight:

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