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People don't get it.

People don't get  it..especially young people.

A neighbors house was robbed and vandalized.

They had gone on vacation and found the mess when they returned home.

They could not understand how anyone would have had an idea they were gone.

They had light timers and people moving cars.

 

Well, as it turned out the 16 year old daughter had posted on FACE BOOK

that they were going to be gone for a full week.

Hard to know who was the culprit but I do know of one young lady who

no longer has a cell phone with Internet. If fact, she no longer has a face book account.

 

We somehow meed to get through to these young people of the dangers of letting everyone know your every move.

 

Comment balloon 19 commentsWilliam Feela • October 22 2016 07:46PM

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That is so sad, especially as it could even be her "friends" who did it.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!) 8 months ago

So true. When  I am away I don't post about our trip on social media until we return home. Although I do know people who hire housesitters to stay at their home while they are gone, and the husband posts pictures on social media the whole time they are gone. And he is in his seventies. I would think that would be dangerous for the house sitter...unless he were to post a hello to his house sitter with post.

Posted by Karen Hellier, Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia (Freelance Writer) 8 months ago

The daughter probably had no idea how she was exposing their home to thieves.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) 8 months ago

William

Less Facebook would go a long way.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) 8 months ago

Yikes!  Too bad that a simple click of a keystroke could have caused such drama.  Social media is great when used properly!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699) 8 months ago

Not sure how to make that happen. There are adults who don't seem to understand that either. I only post about vacation AFTER we're back in town!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) 8 months ago

William Feela - I do not understand why we need to make this known to all!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Hi Bill... you are singing my song! I've been singing it a very long time and just don't get why so many people miss the basic common sense of not announcing they are not home (even for one evening) to the world at large.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 8 months ago

Good morning William.  I just don't understand why everyone in the world needs to know where I am via Facebook or Twitter.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

Good morning William.  My wife does this all the time.  I keep telling her however, she doesn't listen.  One of these days after the fact it may get her attention.  We'll see

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 8 months ago

Good morning William,

It is disturbing hom much info may be found on the different social web sites!

Mae yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Nothnagle) 8 months ago

It saounds like the parents took the right action on the daughter assumng that if they had all these safeguards in place that the child would have konwn to keep quiet.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 8 months ago

Good morning Bill. I think you are right and this is sad and scary too.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 8 months ago

That is very sad and it is unfortunate that we can't share our lives with people on such places like Facebook, without having to worry about being robbed while we are gone.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 8 months ago

All the kids were informed NOT to let anyone know of their plans.  Not only did the daughter post it on FaceBook but on other sights the entire time they were gone.

 

I compliment the parents for actually taking a HARD stand on this to make a point not only to the daughter but to all her friends.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 8 months ago

William, On a daily basis I see well meaning adults posting their vacation pics on Facebook. My wife does not allow me to post until we get back. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 8 months ago

Hi William, this is such a shame.  I am not a fan of FB but use it to begrudgingly. Hopefully the young girl will see that the world does not stop. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 8 months ago

Good morning, William!

We all must be careful with what we share on social media posts.  Some things that we share may lead to unwanted results.  

Great post!

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 8 months ago

William, I particpate in a few local Facebook groups and I can't count the number of times adults have broadcast to the entire group/world the exact dates they're going to be out of town for something.  Since we're a public record state, it would be easy enough to figure out where they live.  You just never know what type of person is lurking in a Facebook group collecting info for later use.  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) 8 months ago

Participate