Some things can really be exaggerated and urban myths created regarding security. Well that is until you combine Google Street View Maps and the great City of Detroit that lovely city in Michigan. Then legend becomes reality.
Detroit Google is putting Detroit on the map and not in a good way.
The Internet is abuzz over an image of a bare-chested man pointing a gun from the porch of an east side home as part of its popular Street View mapping project.
The pictures found on Google Maps time-stamped September 2009 are being reviewed by criminal investigators with the Detroit Police Department, Sgt. Alan Quinn said.
The photos were taken at the same Brinker Street home where a 1-year-old girl's body was discovered in a closet in June shortly after relatives reported her missing, according to public records.
From The Detroit News:
Note the photos to the side of the story that you can zoom in on.
No wonder the police publicly say they to Detroit residents that they cant protect them and that they are out-manned or that the population is declining as fast as property values.
Some how I dont think security was in the forefront of the goals of Google objectives in creating street view maps.
It is a bit ironic that we talk about invasion of privacy or loss of liberty and rights with video cameras proposed to be posted in certain areas when stuff like just random street views for maps turn up stuff like this.
Hey if I lived in Detroit I would have hardened flood lights, claymore mines ringing the house, a Benelli M4 shotgun, several Glocks, and an M4 Carbine as well as a Barrett .338 caliber Lapua Magnum rifle plus many fire extinguishers, a ham radio and several telephones of different technology.
Seriously in general are there security risks to homeowners and businesses from Google Street View Maps?