The Security Costs of Being Too Social

One of the arguments against being very virtually social is that nobody is SO important that everyone wants to know, for instance, that this person is going to be at the local sports bar watching the Super Bowl (or almost nobody; sad to say, some celebrities have half the world following them).

Another argument, however, against tweeting and posting your every move is that this tells burglars when you'll be away from your house.

So, you're important enough to post every detail of your life on Facebook...but NOT important enough to be the victim of crime, right?

WRONG.

Maybe you're not so virtually chatty, but other people actually tweet and post from the sports bar to keep followers updated about their emotions regarding the big game. At the same time, these folks are letting burglars know they're away from home and not returning too soon.

Why You Should Curb Cyber Socializing

  • It's true: People have been burglarized because the thieves found out they were on vacation or away via their social media posts.
  • Because posting your whereabouts in social media could lead to a burglary, you'll have to pay for the natural fallout of the crimes, such as a homeowner's insurance deductible and a higher premium rate due to multiple claims.
  • You could even lose any claim-free discount on your policy.
  • Though carriers won't deny coverage if your car was stolen as a result of something you tweeted, the carriers want you to know how potentially risky it is to make personal posts, such as, "Hey, the whole gang's going to my Uncle's lake house to watch the Super Bowl on his monster flat screen!"
  • Save the mundane updates for after the event, when you get back home: "Hey y'all, just got back from watching the game at Uncle Budd's...I'm gonna call in sick tomorrow 'cause I'm so upset that we lost!" Which as you can see, is just as stupid, because you'll get fired.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.

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