Social Media Makes Burglars Happy

Socially Savvy Criminal

With most stories, there’s a need to explain the concept and proceed to the meat of the issue. In this case, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. We know it. We check in at the airport, tell the world we’re heading out for a few days, and in the back of our mind we wonder if this information can be used by criminals to take our property.

It can. It happens.

Rather than expand at this point, let’s dive right into the numbers. Here’s the stats, courtesy of our friends at Credit Sesame. Click to enlarge.

Social Media Criminals

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  1. Interesting take on location sharing / status updates. But that is the power of social media isn’t it? It makes mistakes even more obvious and help savvy opportunists find more opportunities :).

    Great tips at the end.

  2. Interesting Article! But spammers some how find their ways!

  3. Sj

    I got only one word for this SPECTACULAR :))
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  4. Totally agree that people should use location services on their smartphones and social media very carefully. Best practice is not to post ANYTHING to social media sites that you are not happy to broadcast to all!

  5. Another big think to think about is Google Street View! Burglars can use this to scout out potential targets. I recently wrote an article that might be helpful to readers on how to better protect a home’s “social” security:

    5 Useful Ways to Protect Your Home’s “Social” Security:

    Feel free to re-post or share!

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