Social media keeps us in touch with friends and family, but police caution that what may seem like innocent information you’re sharing on Facebook could be putting you at risk.

Andrea Miller graduated beauty school seven months ago and just started at a salon.

“I’m just kind of getting my foot in the door. This just kind of fell in my lap, and it’s a really great place to start,” said Miller.

Starting means building her client list. To help get that list going, she uses “free advertising” by getting the word out on Facebook.

“Give them just information about the salon. ‘Come in. We have discounts today’,” said Miller.

Miller also uses Facebook for her other job. She encourages people to go to the bar where she works. She not only lets people know about specials going on at either job, she also lets people know when she’s there by “checking in.”

When you check in on Facebook, it shows up on your profile page and says where you are currently. It shows a map of the location, too. While Miller said it’s a great business tool, police recommend that you don’t check-in at all.

“You’re telling everybody that I’m not home, or we’re not home,” said Sergeant Malcolm Williams with the Tulsa Police Department Cybercrimes Unit.

Williams said that can make you vulnerable to becoming a burglary victim.

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article courtesy of Carter

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