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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Home burglaries are on the rise in Colbert County -- and they are happening in broad daylight.

Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said summer is a prime time for burglars to target your home, and it's becoming a problem in the outlying areas of the county.

"We're seeing a lot of burglaries during the day while people are either out of town or they're working," the sheriff said.

He said social media sites most definitely play a role in the spike. They are a gold mine to criminals looking to get into your home. Sheriff Williamson said as many as 75% of burglars reportedly use Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare to target potential properties. But that doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself.

Sheriff Williamson offered some pretty obvious, but often forgotten tips on how to avoid falling victim to summer thieves.

Enjoying the beach? Law enforcement officials urge you to hold off on posting pictures until you get home. (Image: Petr Kratochvil / MGN Online)

Enjoying the beach? Law enforcement officials urge you to hold off on posting pictures until you get home. (Image: Petr Kratochvil / MGN Online)

"Just don't put it on Facebook, and don't let anyone in your home that you don't know," he warned. "Even if you think you know someone, keep them at an arm's length."

Social media isn't the only culprit. Sheriff Williamson warned not to allow construction workers or landscapers into your home if they don't need to be inside.

"They come in going to the bathroom and they use that as an excuse to look around in your house and then they know where everything is in your house."

Overall, be extra diligent in these summer months and keep personal details, personal. Don't let anyone know  you when you won't be home. Here's a list of safe vacation practices with social media.