Attention all North Dakotans: it's that time of year again! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the vacation bug is in the air. But before you rush to share your vacation snaps on social media, let's talk about why you might want to hit the pause button on those posts.

Sure, we all love to show off our adventures, but did you know that broadcasting your vacation plans can make your home a target for burglars?

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According to Yale, thieves often scour social media for clues about when homes will be empty. By posting about your trip in real-time, you're just inviting them to pay a visit to your unguarded abode.

But don't just take my word for it; police agencies across North Dakota advise against posting about your vacation while you're still enjoying your time away. After all, returning home to find your living room ransacked and your TV missing is no one's idea of a warm welcome.

Still not convinced? Consider this: even your friends and followers might not have your best interests at heart. While you're busy sharing photos of your scenic road trip through the Badlands, a less scrupulous acquaintance could be plotting to swipe your prized possessions.

So, what's a vacation-loving North Dakotan to do? Fear not, fellow travelers, for there is a simple solution: wait until you return home to regale your social media followers with tales of your adventures. By keeping mum about your vacation plans until after you've safely returned, you can enjoy your trip without worrying about who might be eyeing your empty house.

So, go have a good time, but keep your vacation plans under wraps and avoid turning your home into a possible target for would-be burglars. Remember, the only thing better than a fun-filled vacation is coming home to find everything just as you left it.

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