October 17, 2013
Police are warning people about thieves searching online and in newspapers for clues when you'll be out of town.
Police just recently worked a case where they say the burglar possibly knew the homeowner was leaving because of something they found online or in print.
Even something as simple as posting a picture online when you're out for the night -could let thieves know your house in empty but it's not just information you post yourself that give thieves a heads up you're not home.
"Anything with times or dates when they’re not going to be home. People could view that and know when they’re not going to be home,” Officer Laurie Kimrey said.
That's because police say they often work burglaries where the homeowners were out of town or at an event that they posted about online,.
"Yes we've had a few people tell us, but we've also instructed officers to ask if they've posted anything recently that would cause this to happen,” Officer Kimrey said.
Even if you're careful about what you share on the internet, police say thieves can just as easily get their hands on wedding announcements or funeral arrangements that list names and dates.
We spoke with Shari Barnes recently after her home was burglarized the day of her mother's funeral.
"I mean I felt I was targeted because of the obituary in the newspaper,” Shari Barnes said.
If you know you're going to be somewhere, especially if it is a funeral or wedding that is listed publicly, police say you should share that information with your neighbors.