Social Media Safety Tips When Traveling

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. – AAA predicts 115.6 million Americans will be traveling between Saturday and New Year’s Day. That’s the most travelers in nearly 20 years. More people on the roads means more homes will be empty this holiday.

While holiday travel often comes with a lot of fun, Jeffersontown Police Department Det. Chris Morris warns to think before you post on social media.

“They are traveling with family and friends, doing exciting things. They want to capture those memories and post it on Facebook, Instagram and other resources. The problem with that is that you are letting people know you are gone,” Morris said.

Here are some tips for social media travel safety:

  • Wait to post about the trip until you return home.
  • Make sure your accounts are private.
  • Turn location settings off.
  • Do not “check in” to places while you are away.
  • Avoid hashtags that make it clear you are away. 

Other than these social media tips, there are some other things you can do to protect your home while you are away:

  • Put your lights on a timer before you leave town. That will make it look like you are home.
  • Delay getting packages delivered when you are away.
  • Request a house watch from your local police department.

Follow these tips to return from holiday travels with no headaches.