Using social media properly will help you protect your home

    If you’re like most of us, you use social media quite often.  Apps and websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are very popular among many people regardless of age.

    But, do you realize that what you put on there can be seen my more people than you realize?

    Adding details or home pictures to social media could invite thieves
    Adding home details and pictures could invite thieves

    Burglars and thieves are using their knowledge of social media to virtually stalk houses.  They aren’t just going past your house and looking into it.

    While we at the Powell Group understand that this can seem scary, there are steps you can take to make sure your house is secure.

    First of all, don’t add all the details to your profile such as your hometown, birthday, workplace, and other detailed information.  Even if they don’t have your exact address, thieves can use the information you’ve given them to fill in the missing puzzle pieces.

    Secondly, are you aware of the check-in option?  Don’t use it when you’re home.  Why?  The location option will use GPS.  As a result, you have just given away the exact area in which you live.  It’s practically a virtual welcome mat.  Don’t be so inviting to unwanted thieves.

    Lastly, be aware of the pictures (or pics if you will) that you post.  There are two reasons to be careful.  The first is, just like with the location option, your pictures could be tagged with your location if you aren’t careful.  Plus, your picture could have a clue as to where the picture was taken.  Be careful.  Make sure your camera doesn’t give away your location.

    Another reason you should be careful of the pictures you post is content.  Just like in the 80s and 90s, you don’t want to advertise what you have.  Authorities used to warn us not to leave your CD case out in the open because people might break into your house or car.  In 2016, leaving a picture of an expensive – or popular item – will do the same thing.  Thieves will see it, realize you have it and – thanks to the location tag – know where to get it.  Make sure you don’t post any of that.  It will be an open invitation to possibly get robbed.

    The Powell Group at Keller Williams of the Western Upstate of South Carolina encourages you to play it safe.  Don’t add your personal details or detailed home pictures to social media or you could get some unwelcomed visitors.  Please be careful!

    If you are moving to the Western Upstate of South Carolina, log on to our website and have a look at all of our beautiful homes.  We are sure you will find exactly what you are looking for.

    (Picture used from Flickr)

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