According to this infographic, nearly 80% of burglars use Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to target potential propterties, and 74 percent of burglars use Google Street View to scope out potential homes before they strike.
Luckily, the scare-you-straight infographic also contains some advice about how to protect your home as you use your social profiles. We've also added a few of Unplggd's best tips to the list.
Here are 12 great guidelines to maintain your home or apartment's "social" security as you surf and update your social media profiles:
- Set your Facebook privacy settings to allow only your friends to see your content.
- Change your Facebook settings to prevent friends from tagging you at check-ins.
- Only add actual friends to your network.
- Don't include your address on any social media profiles; a city and state is enough.
- Refrain from announcing that you will be out of town for an extended period of time.
- Don't post photos that reveal your address or landmarks near your home.
- Avoid posting photos of expensive items in your home or tweeting about new purchases.
- Try to disable device-specific signatures from your email account and twitter, like "Sent from my iPhone," or "Posted with TweetDeck for iPad."
- Disable GPS access for apps like Twitter and Facebook so your posts aren't tagged with info like, "...from San Francisco, California."
- Don't create a venue and check-in to your apartment or work.
- Don't use social media to broadcast a routine (like a 6 a.m. trip to "Pleasantville Athletic Club").
- Don't set up an email-auto reply announcing you're out of town.