Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) January 12, 2014
fishbat, a leading Long Island SEO firm, responds to an article published by KSDK on January 7, which reports that burglars are using social media to check and see if their target homes are safe for robbing.
According to the KSDK article titled “Tip: Burglars use social media to target homes,” burglars use social media and Google Street View to check on homes that may be empty due to family vacations.
The article says technology has given burglars a very easy way to track people who may be on vacation. For instance, “check-ins” on Facebook or Foursquare allow thieves to see where the homeowner is and approximately how long they will be gone. The article advises social media users to check their privacy settings, and block some information from their public profiles. It can also be beneficial to utilize check-in apps when you are home. This could alert potential burglars that you are home and possibly prevent a break-in.
Justin Maas, vice president of client relations at Long Island SEO firm fishbat, believes people have to be conscious of what they post on social media. “Social media is a great thing, but users should not give away too much information, especially on vacation,” he says. “While most people get very comfortable with social media, it’s important to remember that there are people out there that could jump at a mistake. If you’re on vacation, make sure to post your vacation pictures when you’re safety at home.”
Maas says there are apps that aid against home protection. “Home security apps from AT&T or other security companies,” he says. “SimpliSafe and AtHome Camera are apps you can use to check the status of your home while you are on vacation. These might be helpful in preventing burglaries when you aren’t home.”
fishbat is a full-service digital marketing firm and social media agency dedicated to connecting all types of businesses with their target audiences in the most effective and efficient way. Through innovative strategies in social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), branding, web design, reputation management and public relations, fishbat promotes a consistent and professional online voice for all of its clients.