We would all agree that social media has changed our lives and the way we communicate. Many of us would be lost if we did not constantly have our phone handy to stay connected with family and friends. We share the details of special plans, check in to show where we are, and post pictures, video and details of what is going on. Our friends enjoy keeping up with us this way. But there can be a dark side to all this sharing – especially when we’re on vacation.
According to the Prince William County Virginia Police Department, burglars take full advantage of your use of social media to find out where you live, what you have, how long you are likely to be away from your property. They stalk their prey, learning which homes offer the most valuable contents and when it is best to break in. (See more about how burglars use social media in this infographic..)
You can be a savvy social media user and still avoid putting your home at risk while you’re on vacation with the following tips.
With about 3.7 million home invasions happening each year in the United States, it is possible that burglars could well gain access to your home. One of a variety of methods that has has recently gained popularity among thieves is lock bumping. It is not well known, although many people have heard of it due to the increased media attention and how-to online videos It involves using a bump key, which is a specially-manipulated key used to pick a lock.
You might believe that your home is locked up tight, but an burglar using a bump key can find his way inside in no more than a few seconds.
To learn how an intruder would use a bump key to enter your home and how you can avoid becoming a victim of this sort of crime, read the entire article at Erie Insurance...>
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