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For those who live in areas bracing for the effects of Hurricane Matthew, it’s a nice thought to post a photo on Facebook of you and your family evacuating to let people know you’re safe.

But consider telling your closest family and friends over the phone and not on social media.

While some privacy settings keep your information secure, most social media users’ posts can be seen by anyone, so it’s safer not to advertise that your home will be vacant for a few days.

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Sometimes, your name and address are easily accessible, which puts your home is at risk if others know that it’s unoccupied.

If you want to share your well-being with your larger following on social media, consider posting statuses that acknowledge safety but keep your location vague until you return to your home.

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Post photos that you took while you were away when you return.

Here are some other tips to keep your home safe:

  • Cancel subscription deliveries so that items don’t pile up outside your home, making it obvious that you’re away.
  • Install timer switches on lights and radios so that light and noise make your house appear to be occupied.
  • Closed curtains can suggest that a home is unoccupied. Instead, lower blinds and adjust them to let a little bit of light into your home, but not in a way that lets passersby see completely into the home.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked.
  • Set burglar alarms.
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