• Ashley Gerthoffer

How Burglars are using your Social Media


Social media has become a huge part of everyday life. People are constantly sharing photos, statuses, and other updates letting their followers know where they are and what they’re doing. Unfortunately, this can put people at risk, with burglars using social media to target certain homes and businesses.

Most applications use location services, often telling people where we are without our knowledge. Business owners share their personal information on their business pages without even knowing they are doing so. Sharing post from your business page to your personal page can give unwanted followers information that could put your business at risk especially if they know you are out of town.

These give burglars an upper hand. Below are a few ways that burglars are using social media to their advantage, as well as some tips for preventing them.

Casual Facebook Friends

Many of us have Facebook friends who we have grown apart from or didn’t know very well to begin with. Remove these people as your friends, as well as any unknown followers on other social media networks.

Additionally, make sure that your social profiles are private. That way, prying eyes will not have access to your personal information and whereabouts.