People have always paid attention to your status. Now they do it on social media. Status is your “standing” in society. It could mean whether you are married, employed, rich, poor, saving the world, up to no good, home or not.
Status in terms of home security begins with your whereabouts.
By now we should all know posting your whereabouts (or where you aren’t) can be an invitation for criminals to break into your home while you are gone. It’s simply not a good idea to post you are not home and your house is vacant. On the other hand it is a great idea to have home security cameras and an alarm system.
Furthermore, if you travel, contrary to what some might suggest, I’ve never thought it was a good idea to place your status on a “stop mail” list at the post office. It’s the same thing with stopping delivery of your newspaper. Once you are on that list, it is known you are away. The best case scenario for both issues is to have a trusted friend, family member or neighbor grab your mail and newspaper for you. Never list your vacation plans on social media. The last thing you need to be doing on Facebook is telling the world you are 2000 miles away.
In Houston, two dumb criminals, one a teller at a bank that was just robbed and her boyfriend posted their status as “IM RICH” and “WIPE MY TEETH WITH HUNDREDS” were arrested shortly after someone notified police on their status.
People are definitely paying attention to your status, so secure your social media.
Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing ADT Pulse on Fox News Live. Disclosures
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ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.
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