How Google Earth Assists Crooks to Enter Your Home
We live in such a great era where technology seems to get better and better but it is sad when crooks use this technology to further their desire of becoming rich by taking advantage of homeowners by using modern technology.
We are at risk of becoming victims of identity theft from hackers, and theft of wallets or even as simple as going through trash cans to find credit applications but now we find that a group of crooks called the "Ninja Robbers" who used Google Earth to gain information to assist them in robbing victims in their homes.
In a jail house interview, one of the robbers was asked what was their intentions and how did they gain their information. He said they used Google Earth to look for 'Easy Access' to obtain their goals in robbing rich homeowners. They would look at the aerial views and then focus in on doors, patio areas, garage entries and back walls.
This is really disturbing and shows how great internet tools are used for illegal purposes. I use Google Earth to assist me in looking at a neighborhood or to locate a particular home but it is scary to think that criminals are looking online to find weaknesses in our homes. Plus anytime a home is put on the market, their interior and exterior pictures are all over the internet f-o-r-e-v-e-r.
This particular gang of thieves was targeting the ultra-rich but do not discount the fact that smaller gangs are using this same internet option to gain information for their illegal purposes.
Make sure your homes are secure. A home burglary would be extremely upsetting but a home invasion would be more invasive and sometimes deadly. Make sure your internet pictures do not show expensive items that would lure a crook to drop in on a shopping spree. Make your home more secure to make crooks look elsewhere.
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