BLOCK YOUR HOME FROM GOOGLE
Did you know Google has snapshots of the front of you home? We show you how to blur it out in less than 5 minutes!
We show you how to blur out your home on Google’s
Street View, and why you should do it now!
Iyou are not already aware, Google Maps offers a function called “Street View” by which anyone with access to a computer or smartphone can view the front of your home – not to mention the rest of your block.
While this free service may seem like a fun and entertaining approach to being nosey, it also has the potential to pose a threat when it comes to home security. Some have argued that this was merely my own paranoia that encouraged me to write this. But to be honest, I don’t think so.
Giving an intruder a way to stake out your home is never a good thing, and the “Street View” option offers thieves and would-be assailants a chance to map out your home. By zooming into a photo of the front of your home, one can pretty much determine if your front door has a dead bolt, see placement of exposed surveillance cameras and give the prospective intruder ideas of the layout of your home as well as places to hide in your landscape.
In addition, it lends a basic layout of your property and, if coupled with an aerial view, the bad guy basically has a blueprint for disaster. Photos let him study how tall your side fences are, and in some cases it also gives him a chance to case the neighborhood while showcasing what’s in your backyard.
So now the argument could be that any criminal could easily drive by your neighborhood and snap pictures, so why worry? Well, that is true, but that would be like saying, “Why lock your doors when a criminal can just break your window?” While the comparison may be off a tangent, you get the point. The bottom line is that I’m a firm believer that hardening your target prevents or discourages thieves from having a field day with your house.
And while pundits may say that this is merely a fear mongering campaign, then think about this: A report from the firm Credit Sesame did an interview with 50 ex-burglars and discovered that 80 percent of the robbers used Facebook, Twitter, Google Street View and Foursquare to case potential victims.
Yes… you read that right, 80 percent. To add to that, the report also indicates that 74 percent of those robbers used Google Street View to case the property, thus eliminating the need for a physical drive by. With facts like that, why you wouldn’t want to protect your privacy? Doing so is absolutely free of charge, so here’s how to do it.
Using the Google search bar, type in the address of your home followed by the city, state and zip code. Hit enter.
The first thing that should pop up is a map of your home and there will also be a small thumbnail picture on the lower left of the page, that says “Street View” – click on that.
Once you click, you should have a frontal view of your home.
On the lower right hand side of the page, you will see “Report a problem” – click on that.
A new page will open up with a street view of your home. From there, you want to reposition your home by dragging on the arrows to align the majority of your home inside the frame the “red box”. You can also use the “+” and “– ” signs on the page to zoom in or out.
Once you’re done with that step, go ahead and click on “My Home” which is found under the subject, “Request blurring:”
The “My home” tab will drop down and from there you will find a box to input text. Follow the directions complete the rest of the form and hit submit.
Once done, the process can take anywhere between a few hours (as was the case here) or a day at most. Please note that once you do this, it CANNOT be undone. HD
Google’s “Street View” allows would-be intruders to case your home and property.
“Giving an intruder a way to stake out your home is never a good thing, and the ‘Street View’ option offers thieves and would-be assailants a chance to map out your home.”