Richmond, VA- As we’re getting in gear for the holiday season BBB reminds you to think about what you’re posting to your social media sites. As you’re planning your holiday trip a local burglar could be planning their next crime. In the age of geo locaters, where you can tag the exact location your photo is taken, you are making it easier for criminals to make their move. “This is a time of year with a lot of hustle and bustle, office parties, Friendsgiving, and all out-holiday merriment,” says Olivia Smith, Communications Manager for BBBCV. “BBB wants you to enjoy the season with family and friends, but we want you to do so safely by thinking about what you post before you post it.”BBB offers these tips for a fun and safe holiday season:Don’t geotag your social media posts. While geotagging is a fun way to organize your photos, it can point a red arrow to you not being home for an extended time. By tagging the exact location of your trip it alerts criminals to your empty home. There are criminals that search the web looking specifically for personal sites letting friends and family know when they’re leaving and where they’re going. Instead post your image without a geotag or wait to post them once you get home from your trip. You can still geotag a picture once you leave that area. If you are set on adding that content, maybe wait until you get home to upload the images.Don’t announce your travel plans to your social sites. By asking for advice on how to plan your trip you’re advertising to criminals that your home will be empty and so would make an easier target. If you’re planning a trip do your research off social media and post your pictures after you have arrived home safe.Don’t use public Wi-Fi to upload or update personal information. Public Wi-Fi can be vulnerable to criminals looking to steal your personal information. If you’re out shopping or grabbing a bite to eat, wait and make an online purchase or check your bank account once you are back home and on a secure network. Many “hot-spots” are being monitored by criminals. Be careful where you use the web.With these quick tips you can feel more assured your home is safe and sound while you are away, and you can enjoy your trip instead of worrying about what you will find upon your return.As for whether you remembered to turn the oven off or not… you are on your own on that one. From BBB serving Central Virginia we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.Smith is the Communications Manager for BBB serving Central Virginia and can be reached at email@example.com or 804-648-0030 for additional comment. About BBB: BBB serving Central Virginia serves Richmond, the Tri-Cities, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, as well as 42 surrounding counties from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst. The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest, and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business. Core services of BBB include business profiles, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education, and charity review.