Your Online Accounts Reveal Your Worth
Your personal information reveals how much your house has inside
Criminals target vulnerable people with things worth stealing. Almost everyone has an LCD TV, video game console, and other valuable electronics that are worth stealing. Criminals that already own these items don’t mind stealing a few more to sell for personal gain. How do criminals know if you or someone else has something worth stealing? The answer is simple: online research. Personal information online includes your video game usernames, Facebook posts, and other social media that shows your belongings. If you’re sharing this stuff to the whole wide world, someone might just get jealous enough to steal from you.
If you have an Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, and Steam account that’s all listed online under a gaming forum user profile or social media account, then you’re giving away a lot of juicy private info to criminals. This information tells criminals that your home has plenty of valuable electronics that can be looted. Consoles are expensive and video games are as well. Stealing a bundle of video games might be easily be worth $600 or more. Consider that an average video game costs $60 and a CD case can hold dozens of video games, you’ll easily figure out that video game collections are worth thousands of dollars.
If anyone in your house plays video games, ask how much they have spent. You won’t get an honest answer, and if you do, then you’ll be surprised either way. Video games are one of the most expensive hobbies out there. One video game a month easily racks up to $720 in a year. There are also digital goodies too. Most gamers are willing to spend another $60 on a $60 game to buy downloadable content and other in-game purchases. That $720 a year can easily double to $1440. Three to five years of gaming combined with multiple consoles? That’s a lot of money spent. Tech savvy criminals have figured this out a long time ago, which is why electronics are always stolen during home invasions. The games and digital content are simply worth a lot.
Knowing what’s inside is valuable information
Many dangerous criminals have robbed banks for small amounts of money. Banks don’t always have a lot of money inside due to various reasons. Regardless of the amount of money inside, banks always have a lot of security, video cameras, and panic buttons that directly alert the police. For these reasons, it’s far easier to commit strongarm robbery at a normal person’s residence instead, especially if the criminal is *certain* that there’s a lot to be gained. Doing online research before committing a crime is a new basic step in criminal procedure.
Technology is so cheap and widespread that criminals don’t really have any other choice but to use technology. “Casing a joint” to steal from used to require sitting outside and watching, seeing if the homeowner had anything worth stealing. Now, criminals can see inside of homes using publicly available posts online. If there’s something worth stealing, they’ll keep a close eye on it.
Removing your private life from the internet will keep you off their radar. Sign-up for Wiperts today and get your personal information off the internet. The more criminals see your valuables, the more they will want to steal from you. Continually showing the world that your possessions never stop growing in quantity is not a good idea. Criminals who have nothing will see you as greedy and somehow rationalize stealing from you as reasonable. Protect yourself by using Wiperts. If you suddenly disappear from the internet, they’ll quickly forget about targeting you and find someone else to spy on.