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Special Report: Social Media, Your Pictures, & Stalkers Part 1

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Posted: Mon, November 4 2013 at 5:42 PM, Updated: Mon, November 4 2013 at 6:57 PM

It's become our way of communication, you're sharing your daily life with friends and family---but that's not all---there are stalkers and thieves also tracking you and you don't even know it.

"There are crooks out there who actually target individuals when they are not home maybe go to their home all coming through social media," said former FBI agent Jeff Lanza.

We wanted to see just how easy it is to track someone down with a picture they post online.

That's where Central Point resident Patricia Heath comes in, who primarily uses Facebook and Google Plus.

"It's my way of keeping my family updated on how my life in proceeding and how we are donig and how we are interacting and the different things we do," explained Heath.

And like many people, patricia's phone often doubles as her camera.

"I'm posting all kinds of pictures. Places we go visit, trips we take, special occasions with friends all different kinds of things."

She volunteered based on our Facebook request to check out how easy it is to track through social media.

To begin our experiment, we enabled all the GPS features on her phone.

NBC 5's Kyle Aevermann told her to go anywhere in the valley she wanted to go without telling him, snap a picture and post it online.

So will Kyle be able to find her? You'll have to tune into NBC 5 News at 6 on Tuesday to find out and we'll also talk about the safety precautions you can take to make sure no one is tracking your location.

What do you think? Sound off on our Facebook page and on Twitter, or leave a comment below.

About the Author

Kyle Aevermann

Kyle Aevermann reports weekdays and anchors NBC 5 News Weekends. He joined NBC 5 News in March 2012 as a morning producer and reporter. Prior to joining KOBI, Kyle interned at KISL-FM on Catalina Island, CA. He was also a regular contributor to CNN's citizen journalism program.

Originally from the Chicago-land area, Kyle moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 to work in the social media industry. Kyle enjoys hiking, traveling, learning about cultures, and has a serious love for food.

Catch Kyle anchoring weekends on NBC 5 News at 6pm and 11pm.

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