Logging on to Facebook or Twitter has become an everyday occurrence for many people, but have you ever thought of the security implications of your status update or tweet? Thieves are becoming social media savvy and using information that you are posting online to their advantage.

The new Sofia Coppola film ‘The Bling Ring’ is based on real events, in which many Hollywood celebrities had their homes burgled by teenagers who followed their celebrity victim’s movements via social media.

In excess of 3 million dollars’ worth of jewellery and designer goods were stolen from celebrities such as Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and Lindsay Lohan over an eleven month period.

The juvenile thieves determined whether their victims would be home by researching their schedules on Facebook and Twitter; they reportedly burglarized Orlando Bloom’s home after discovering online he was on-set for a movie and his house would be unoccupied.

What Can You Do?

Whilst you may not be away filming movies, leaving millions of dollars’ worth of luxury goods unattended in your home; you could still be giving thieves hints as to when your house will be unoccupied. By taking a few precautions, you can ensure that social media will not be a tool used for thieves to break into your house.

Status Updates and Tweets

Before you publish a status update or tweet about your upcoming overseas holiday or weekend away, think about who can see this information. Many people install automatic light timers, or leave the television or radio on when they go out to give the impression that someone is at home in order to deter burglars. When you post on social media about your exciting getaway, you are effectively advertising when your home will be unoccupied for an extended period of time; rendering the aforementioned security measures, useless.

Posting Photos

Even if you don’t post a status update about your holiday, posting photos whilst you are obviously on holidays is just as much of a giveaway that your home in unoccupied. Wait until you are back from your holiday to upload your holiday photos on social media.

Location Services

Turn off your social media location services. If you have them on, no matter what you post, it will show where you are posting it from. If your profile says that you live in Brisbane, but you are updating from Bermuda, thieves are going to catch on!

Privacy Settings

Make sure you adjust your privacy settings so that only your friends and family can view your social media accounts. Bear in mind that privacy settings are rendered useless if you aren’t mindful of whom you are accepting as friends on social media. Always ensure that you personally know and trust the people you are accepting friend requests from. These tips are worth mentioning to your children as well, as they could be divulging this information on their personal social media accounts, even if you aren’t.

Home Security

What the ‘Bling Ring’ burglary victims were missing were Crimsafe security screens on their homes. Crimsafe security screens are the perfect way to have 24/7 protection your home from burglars.

Crimsafe protects your home and belongings even when you aren’t at home by securing your doors and windows with the only security screen in Australia where the mesh is screwed into the frame with a patented device called a ‘Screw-Clamp‘. Most other security screen mesh systems sold in Australia are held in place with a wedge forced in under pressure, or are simply glued in. Crimsafe security screens provide maximum security whilst offering a clear view out of your windows and doors.

To organise a free quote to secure your house with Crimsafe security screens, call Davcon Security Screens on 3875 2326.

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