Social Media’s Impact On Home Security

face-hidden thief looking at social media for opportunities to steal

Social media has become a big part of may people’s daily lives by allowing everyone to connect with people all over the world. Social media gives us the chance to communicate with our family members, friends, and even people we have never met before. While there are indeed some incredible benefits to using social media, there are also some security reasons to be very cautious while using these platforms. It is vital that you think carefully about what you post on social media because it can have a more significant impact than you may realize.

Uploading Photos and Videos

We understand how tempting it can be to post images and videos of a new car, a new TV, a new gaming system, etc. However, have you ever thought about how many people could see the photo of the brand new flat-screen television you just uploaded? Pictures and videos of valuable items can attract burglars to your home, especially if you have not adjusted your posts settings. If your posts are public, this means everyone on the social networking site will be able to see what you have posted. Burglars and thieves spend a significant amount of time on social media looking for opportunities and hoping they can find something valuable to take.

Sharing Your Location

When many people reach a new location, they will quickly share their new location on their social media feed. Your location can be shared without you realizing it if your location settings are enabled. When someone scouting social media sees that you have checked into a place that is not your home, they might see this as an invitation to steal things from your home.

 Posting Your Travel Plans

How many times have you shared your travel plans on your social media feeds? Criminals target many people because they have identified when they will be away from home. Many people have shared information about their travel plans, their vacation dates, and where they will be going.

We do not want you to make the mistake of sharing your travel plans on social media because this can give someone the opportunity to plan a crime. When a thief is getting a play-by-play of your upcoming travel plans, they will have the chance to break into your home and take what they want.

Social media is doing so much more than changing the way people connect. Social media is changing the world as a whole. Everyone is finding different ways to use social media to their advantage. Unfortunately, many people are sharing information online that can put them at risk. At ProTec Security Systems, we want to put your mind at ease when you are home and away from home.

We want to make home security as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. There will always be a home security system that can work for you. Contact us today if you are ready to protect your home the right way.