Friday, 29 May 2009
No, I'm not going to talk about train crashes (though it's hard to imagine what else could have caused half a carriage to be on the back of a lorry in the city centre). That would be far too depressing.
But I've heard a bit of debate recently on travelling safely, in particular how this relates to increased use of social media, so I thought I'd throw in my 2p.
With everyone now online around the clock and around the world, it's much easier to tell the world about your travels in real-time. This has obvious benefits - like being able to get restaurant tips through Twitter - but there are potential down-sides, too.
The big one is that blogs and Twitter are usually open - it's not like Facebook where only your friends can see your status. So in theory, anyone could find out you're away from home and (the argument goes) conclude that your house must be empty.
This post is scheduled to publish while I'm on the plane to Colorado. Am I worried about telling you this? Well, not really.
For one thing the house isn't empty - my husband is home, and even when we're both away, we usually make sure there's someone staying at our house most of the time. We don't just leave the place empty for weeks on end.
Secondly, I've been quite careful not to tell you exactly where I live (I'd prefer not to be stalked when I am at home!), so any burglar would have to search a pretty large area.
But thirdly, and most importantly, using blogs to identify temporarily-empty houses is simply inefficient. I think any burglar would find it more profitable to simply drive around looking - the way they've done for years.
That's my thought on the matter, anyway. Interested to hear your opinions in the comments - and if all goes well (and I can find an internet connection) I'll next be blogging from Boulder.