Police in Haywards Heath are warning residents not to advertise their homes on social media
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “According to one recent study, social media is a commonly used tool for scouting potential targets.
“Social media savvy families have a tendency to publish their whereabouts during the holiday season, including any vacation plans.
“This lets burglars know when your house is going to be empty. Uploaded photos of pricey Christmas gifts can also be a problem as it basically allows burglars to go shopping just by viewing your Facebook profile.”
Police are also warning people to dispose of their packaging carefully.
A spokesman said: “Refuse collections over the Christmas and New Year period are normally at different times.
“If you can’t take packaging to a recycling point, make sure you only put your rubbish out just before the collection and do your best to break apart boxes so that they do not advertise your new contents of your home to thieves!”