Remove your Home from Google maps

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Services for Real Estate Pros with IDTheftSecurity.com Inc

If it unsettles you to see your home displayed on Google Maps, there’s something you can do about this. Why might this be a concern? Information is “intelligence”. Information to some is power. The logistics of your home may empower certain people, like burglars. Example; if you’re in a residentially cluttered area vs. a remote area with nearby woods, these details can mean something to a would-be intruder.

In additional to aerial shots, did you know that Google Mapsalso shows street level views? Uh ohhh…Ya. That can include cars parked outside, people, etc.

Visit Google Maps and type in your address. In the lower left of the screen you will see a thumbnail image called “Satellite.” Click to reveal the satellite image of your area, and see if your street is in view. Look for your dwelling.

How do these images get into the Google Maps system in the first place? Someone from Google actually drives around in afunky car with a crazy 360’ camera strapped to it taking photos. The camera doesn’t discriminate if your young daughters just happen to be sunbathing in the yard at that time.

Play around with the site’s interactive features to see just how much about your home a snooping stranger could learn. The Google Maps site allows zoom-ins that can pick up pretty clear views of what’s inside your garage (if it was opened the day the Google driver was taking pictures) or inside your home (yes, the images are that close-up).

Note, however, that the license plates of vehicles are blurred out. Google claims they also blur out people, but this tactic doesn’t always work, as at least one person claims he saw his license plate very clearly.

We can’t delete our address from Google Maps. But we can get this behemoth to blur out your house.

  • Locate your property to street view level.
  • In the bottom right-hand corner, click the icon called “Report a problem.”
  • This will take you to “Report inappropriate street view.”
  • Tweak the page to get your home inside the red box and fill out the form.
  • Type the verification code and submit.
  • Wait a few days then check to see if your home is blurred out.

You can even make requests for specific things to be blurred, like the $3,000 water fountain in your front yard.

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

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Re-Blogged 4 times:

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  1. Gabe Sanders 05/28/2016 04:00 PM
  2. Roy Kelley 06/15/2016 07:00 PM
  3. 1~Judi Barrett 06/15/2016 10:34 PM
  4. Michael Dagner 01/04/2017 12:31 PM
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Mimi Foster
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Always sharing a wealth of information, Robert. Thank you for these valuable tips!

May 19, 2016 12:21 AM #1
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Nina Hollander
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That's a great tip, Robert. Thanks.

May 19, 2016 04:36 AM #2
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Gabe Sanders
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Great tip.  Something that those wishing for some privacy i this un-private world should utilize.

May 20, 2016 09:25 PM #3
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Robert Siciliano  great tips for privacy features for those of us that would like to keep our lives private

May 24, 2016 03:26 AM #4
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing this information. I will schedule a reblog.

May 28, 2016 08:41 PM #5
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Robert. You always scare me with your posts but you have educated me as well.

May 28, 2016 09:58 PM #6
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Excellent information for those who wish to keep some level of privacy in the world today. Thank you, Robert Siciliano 

May 28, 2016 11:41 PM #7
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Robert Siciliano - These are great tips on how to get more privacy and protect yourself.  Excellent post!

May 29, 2016 04:59 AM #8
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Bob Crane
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I like google maps and the info that we can find here, nice to have another source of aerial photography and sometimes even a ground view.

Most of the views are not current enough for a burglar to really use though, for instance my home sitll has the previous owners kids swing in the yard.

But it is good to know that if I ever get a nice fountain that I can hide it from the prying eyes of google.

May 29, 2016 02:29 PM #9
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I don't have street view on my road, being in rural McCurtain County, but what great info to pass on those that  do have it and do not want their homes shown.

Jun 15, 2016 10:33 PM #10
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Bill Roberts
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Hi Robert Siciliano Being of the paranoid persuasion, I only use a P.O. Box as my address. So google maps might have my house, but nobody will know.

Bill Roberts

Jun 16, 2016 12:15 AM #11
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Robert - I caught this today when Judi K Barrett re-blogged it. I had no idea one could blur/remove one's house view. Interesting.

Jun 16, 2016 12:28 AM #12
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Robert,

I was so delighted that Roy Kelley reblogged your post.  Thanks for that valuable information.  A

Jun 16, 2016 02:22 AM #13
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Such great information.  Roy Kelley chose an excellent article to re-blog.

Jun 16, 2016 02:37 AM #14
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Michael Dagner
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Didn't know this was even a possibility.  Great news for homeowners!

Jan 04, 2017 12:24 PM #15
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John Pusa
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Robert Siciliano Thanks for the warning. This is very good report for home safety

Jan 04, 2017 04:23 PM #16
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