The explosion of social media has enabled the almost instantaneous spread of data. Apps like Reddit, Snapchat, and TikTok —among others—are valuable tools for marshaling ideas and acts. They allow people to maintain networks and associations that might otherwise be lost. However, it is not without its dangers.

Social media has now existed long enough for police to analyze its data. After they are caught, many criminals share how social media played a role. In fact, over 70% of guilty thieves believe social media is used to find targets. The following are three prevalent common property crimes, how social media enables them, and how to protect yourself.

  1. Burglary

How to protect your home from burglary – Burglary is the unlawful entry of a building to commit a robbery. The prevalent common example is when somebody enters a house or business with the intention of robbing them. Nearly four out of five thieves choose their victims using clues from social media.

When you post a picture of your costly gadgets, firearm collection, or fancy jewelry, you are only making yourself a mark. Depending on your safety settings, the location settings from your cell may even indicate where you live. Add a post about how excited you are for your weeklong holiday coming up on Saturday and you’ve shown a bad guy what to steal, where to get it, and when your house will be empty. How are you supposed to take pleasure in your trip understanding what an easy mark you’ve made yourself?

How to Protect Yourself

How to protect your home from burglary – The great news is there are simple ways to lower your danger of being a mark. Commit to at least a basic alarm system to ensure your house is always being monitored by professionals. In addition to an alarm system, follow these social media rules:

  • Post snapshots from your holidays after you’ve returned to your house. If you do it before or during, you’re advertising the vacancy of your house.

  • Change your privacy settings. Save all of your snapshots and posts private and don’t accept invitations from people you don’t realize and trust.

  • lower the information you share. Don’t offer more data than is necessary. When you share information about your life, leave out when, where, and how long your activities are.

By obeying those rules, you lower your chances of becoming a mark. Maintain proper care of your house so you don’t become an error of opportunity by doing these:

  • Secure doors and windows when you are away from the house.

  • Save valuables out of plain view. Put items away.

  • Have somebody you trust collect letters and packages while you are away so they don’t accumulate.

  • Never share your garage code or hide keys in obvious places like under a doormat.

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