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KENNEWICK, Wash.--Social media safe traveling tips. People are making it too easy for thieves to break into their homes because they're telling everyone online when they'll be gone. Some people will post their vacation plans on several types of social media. Some of the most common sites people use are Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and even MySpace.
Kennewick Police told us on Monday that most thefts usually happen from someone who lives close to you or it may even be someone you know. Anyone that can be on the online friends list. Kennewick Police Crimes Specialist Mike Blatman says "you don't want to tell everybody 'hey I am going to be gone for a period of time.' There's nobody around. It's an open invitation for somebody to come in and steal from you."
Robin Whitney, just returned from her honeymoon. She says "we actually made it a point not to put too much on Facebook just because we didn't want people to know that hey we just had a wedding, we have a house full of presents." Tierra Lewis says it's not a good idea to post too much detail online. Lewis says "if you go out of town, some people could go to your house because they'll know that you're out of town."
Police are warning people not to post travel plans online especially during the holidays. Burglars keep an eye out during the holiday months when gifts tend to be lying around your house. They say it's also not safe to leave voicemails at home or even at work saying when you will be gone.