Don’t let your small talk lead to big problems! When that cheery grocery clerk comments on your steaks and beer, they (or anyone listening) could glean a lot from your reply, “Yep, headed over to my cousin’s house for a big birthday cookout.” In that seconds-long section of small talk, you’ve now revealed that your house will be empty for the afternoon.
Be on the lookout for those who seem to seek small information. When that stranger standing by the valet stand at your hotel asks why you’re in town, consider that they’re not just making small talk, but looking to find out when your room won’t be occupied. Being social is great, but be sure that you’re always thinking about the details that your small talk could provide someone with bad intentions.
Check out more security tips in A Definitive Guide to Running a Home Security Assessment.