Burglars Increasingly Using Social Media to Aid in Break-ins

Published May 28th, 2014 | By

For many of us, social media updates are a part of daily life. From sharing our current location to uploading personal pictures of ourselves and loved ones, we’re more willing than ever to make the private public.

 

Yet revealing so much may be putting our homes—and our families—at risk.

 

According to one survey, reported by the home security experts at Friedland, 78% of burglars use social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook to choose their victims. 

 

While the survey used a small sample size and does not declare to be scientific (Friedland simply talked to 50 burglars in the UK, all of whom had been recently imprisoned for burglary), its findings do offer a revolutionary perspective on how our social media usage is propping open the door for home intruders.

 

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How Much Are You Saying?

 

Richard Taylor, one of the convicted burglars interviewed, said, “We’re living in the age of the digital criminal and people are taking advantage of social media to access information about would-be victims. We’ll tell them even when we’re going away on holidays. We will let them know that we’re not in. We’re inviting them round to our house.”

 

Less is More

 

Not only does over-sharing on social media play a role in the likelihood of a home being burglarized, it turns out 74% of the burglars surveyed utilized Google Street View as well.

 

Less is more is the takeaway. As a homeowner, your best bet is to remain quiet about your whereabouts. It takes only a couple minutes to break into a home, and only 10 minutes to complete a robbery; consider this the next time you consider posting about a quick trip to a local restaurant or coffee shop.

 

Whether you’re meeting friends for dinner or leaving on a two-week vacation, the rule should remain the same: wait until you’re back home to publish updates and photos. 

 

Take it from the Experts

 

The burglars, that is:

 

Almost 80% of the burglars surveyed said that an alarm system would have prevented them from breaking into their target homes.

 

At ADT Home Alarms, we know firsthand the benefits that come with installing a monitored home security system. Want to learn more? Give our seasoned customer service representatives a call. We’re available 24/7 to answer your questions, discuss your concerns, and explain our packages, advanced technology—including new ADT Pulse—and affordable pricing. 

 

Be Sensible!

 

Consider a round-the-clock home security system to be your first and most important layer of protection in the fight against burglary and break-ins. Everything else is just icing on the cake—more layers to protect your household, your loved ones, and your belongings.

 

Making a commitment this year to monitoring your social media posting would, for instance, be one very effective layer.

 

 

Is your home protected by a monitored security system? Call Choose Home Security to learn more about our ADT packages, pricing, and fast installation.

 

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