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Social media platforms have literally changed the world of communications and business in countless ways.

It has made it possible to connect with people, to keep up to date with events and to occasionally suffer from oversharing anxiety.

One of the drawbacks of social media is that if you are not careful with the information you post you can be putting yourself and your home in danger.

Burglars can learn a lot about you by reading your status, checked in places, and pictures. They can know :

  • Where you live
  • What you own
  • When you are not home
  • Where your next vacation is

It may be hard to believe but posting a simple picture of your new Christmas gift on Facebook can put you at risk.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind now, during the festive season.

These tips are relevant all year round and with them in mind you can continue using the social platforms without exposing yourself and your home to unnecessary risks.

1.Checking in in Real Time

Social media websites such as Facebook have special check-in features that allow you to tell your followers where you are and what you are doing. Whether you’re at a shopping centre, hotel, restaurant, or any other place, by checking in, you reveal your location.

This can be dangerous and can let burglars know you are away from home.

2.Share pictures of expensive items

Never share pictures of expensive items on social media.

 Of course it’s fun showing off expensive items, but is it worth risking your family’s and home’s security? You may simply be tempting a burglar.

3.Sharing a room layout

Sharing pictures that show your home’s interior can be dangerous. This can let burglars easily find out what your home looks like, how the furniture is arranged, and what valuables are inside.

Having a picture of your home’s interior can let a burglar plan a route for breaking-in.

4.Sharing your traveling plans

It’s exciting telling everyone on Facebook about your traveling plans.

But the risks that come with this shouldn’t be ignored.

Apart from your friends, burglars may also be reading your status updates and vacation countdowns, waiting for you to leave so they can make their move.

Extra tip. Do this right now.

Every social media website offer users control over who can see their statuses, pictures, and other social media activities.

You can limit your statuses and updates to a limited audience instead of going public.

By following these steps you can avoid becoming a target to unwanted intruders.

belfast locksmiths

To avoid hiring an unethical locksmith or unskilled worker to solve your locked-out problem, take the time to research the company first. It’s best to use someone in anon-emergency situation. In that way you will get to know them and possibly use them when you are locked out of your home or car.

And follow these tips before you hire any locksmith in Belfast.

The best way to know whether a locksmith is trustworthy is to research them in advance. Call them, ask them detailed questions and check their reviews.

If you’re in a hurry, be wary of locksmith companies that answer calls with generic phrases like “locksmith services,” rather than a specific name. If a locksmith cannot or will not provide the business’ legal name, find another locksmith.

1.Make sure it’s a truly “local” locksmith

If you find a locksmith with a “local” address, search for that specific address online and see whether any other businesses use the same address. Ask them over the phone or via messenger where they are located.

Also, use extra scrutiny if a locksmith company uses an 800 number instead of a local phone number. It’s often a sign you’re dealing with a call center.

2.Ask the locksmith for a quote over the phone/messenger

Call center locksmiths typically quote prices that will also include service fees. They might be claiming, that the job is more complicated and will cost more. The call is normally answered by a person, that is reading from a script and might not have any practical knowledge of fixing locks.

It’s best to talk with the professional locksmith, who will be doing the work for you.

You are paying to get a locksmith shop at your home. And with that, there’s a bit of overhead.

A locksmith’s fee pays for tools, any licensing costs, continued training and transportation to and from a job.

Get an estimate before any work begins, including emergency service. Don’t hire a locksmith who refuses to provide an estimate.

3.Helpful questions to ask before you get the locksmith to your house/car

Ask these questions before hiring a locksmith. If a business can’t provide detailed answers, don’t hire them.

• Where are you located?
• How will you get into the house? Will you need to drill my lock? Can you tell me the exact process?
• Do you need a picture of the lock?
• Can you give me an estimate? What factors will cause this price to change?
• Do you require cash, or can I pay with a card?
• What’s the name of the locksmith who will be coming?

If you are in Belfast or the surrounding area you can call me.

My name is Mark and I have been working as a locksmith for over 20 years.I am based in Belfast and it’s where I live.

§ Call me or send me a message on Messenger.