Sheriff Reminds The Public To Be Mindful When Posting On Social Media

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“We will be at the beach…,”
“We are going to visit relatives on…, ”
“Sorry to say that we will be out of town at the funeral of…,”
“We have to be in…for medical tests…”

The above are just a few examples of social media status that indicate you are not home for a given amount of time. Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman is reminding the public to be mindful when posting on social media. Recently the Sheriff’s Department answered a call from a family who had just returned home from Florida to find that their home had been entered and multiple items had been taken.

Sheriff Hagaman tells WataugaOnline.com that not that this is the case for this family, “but folks really need to be careful on social media regarding references” stating when they are out of town.

Even pictures from vacation spots:
“see, the kids are having a ball on the beach…”
“here are some pictures if our friends while here in Alaska…”
Even well meaning family members may post, “just look at our grandkids…these were taken at Disney World today…”
“our granddaughter and family are at orientation at…University, where she has been accepted.”

Sheriff Hagaman adds, “It’s so easy to get caught up in the joy of fun and sun, but the bad guys are much more savvy in using social media posts that may advertise your absence.”

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