Social Networking Sites are helping Burglars break into Houses

by on October 31st, 2011

Including your location data in Facebook, Twitter and other social networking site updates does help your friends know where you are and what you are up to, but at the cost of risking your home’s security.

In a recent survey conducted by Credit Sesame among 50 ex-burglars in the United Kingdom, nearly 80% of them revealed that they used Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to find potential houses for burglary.

According to a study approximately 78 percent of ex-burglars used Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook to identify potential houses to rob. 74% of burglars used Google Street view to find out more about the location of the houses they were planning to break into.

Homeowners often make the mistake of posting their whereabouts on social networking platforms. The study found that 35% of Americans, aged between 18 and 34, check-in and tweet about their location. Approximately 15 percent of Americans regularly use social networks to announce that they have left their homes and are going on a vacation or tour.

The ex-burglars being surveyed recommended the following steps that social networkers can use to ensure greater ‘social security’ of  their homes:

  • Alter Facebook privacy settings to allow only friends to see content
  • Only add the people you know personally to your network
  • Refraining from posting updates about extended vacations on social media platforms
  • Don’t post photos that reveal your address or landmark
  • Avoid posting photos of expensive items in your home.

Check out this infographic for more info on the study

Social Media Safety Infographic

Social Media Safety Infographic provided by CreditSesame.com an online credit and debt management company.

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