Getting something blurred out on Google street view

The Google van went past when my garage doors were wide open. As such anyone can now see that I have a garage full of expensive power tools and a flimsy lock 

I'd like to blur this but not the entire house as that might attract more attention to the property perhaps. The garage is not attached.

Before I try to do this, does anyone have any advice on how to do it and how to select the right section to blur?

I imagine there might not be an "undo"

Many thanks 

Comments

  • DullGreyGuy
    DullGreyGuy Posts: 9,123
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    Forumite
    https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3093484#report_issue

    Follow the instruction above to "report a problem" on the image in question, you use that mechanism to ask them to blur things you don't want others to see
  • Slinky
    Slinky Posts: 9,790
    Name Dropper First Anniversary First Post
    Forumite
    edited 5 January at 3:02PM
    If I saw an image with a garage blurred but nothing else blurred for the property, I'd assume the garage was full of something worth having. If the whole property is blurred, I'd just assume it's owned by a conspiracy theorist or the like, but not that it contains anything particularly valuable.
    Something to think about perhaps.

    A previous neighbour who lived about 4 doors away got his property blurred. Goodness knows why, the houses in the street were practically identical.

    ETA, once a property it blurred, as I understand it, Google will never unblur it.



    Make £2024 in 2024
    Prolific to 31/1/24 £100.32, Chase Interest £6.38, Chase roundup interest £0.07, Chase CB £5.01, Roadkill £1.08, Octopus referral reward £50, Octopoints £6.30
    Total £169.16/£2024  8.35%

    Make £2023 in 2023
    Water sewerage refund: £170.62,Topcashback: £243.47, Prolific: to 31/12/23 £975, Haggling: £45, Wombling(Roadkill): £6.04,  Chase CB £149.34, Chase roundup interest £1.35, WeBuyBooks:£8.37, Misc sales: £406.59, Delay repay £22, Amazon refund £3.41, EDF Smart Meter incentive £100, Santander Edge Cashback-Fees: £25.14, Octopus Reward £50, Bank transfer incentives £400
    Total: £2606.33/£2023  128.8%

  • RumRat
    RumRat Posts: 4,759
    First Anniversary Name Dropper First Post Photogenic
    Forumite
    I don't think people trawl street view looking for open garage doors. You didn't seem bothered enough to keep them shut and any passer by could see in.
    Drinking Rum before 10am makes you
    A PIRATE
    Not an Alcoholic...!
  • cymruchris
    cymruchris Posts: 4,882
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    If you have a garage full of expensive equipment where the doors have been open and is protected by a flimsy lock - that in itself is a wake up call to fit a better lock, and potentially add in a wireless alarm linked to the house. While you're sat there with your doors open, as much as the google car went by, so could any number of locals who'd be far more interested than someone randomly searching google maps...
    An ex-bankrupt on a journey of recovery. Feel free to send me a DM reference credit building credit cards from the usual suspects :) Happy to help others going through what I've been through!
  • mark_cycling00
    mark_cycling00 Posts: 497
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    Forumite
    Ok so you can request a blur. You position a square area on a specific image and then explain why you want it blurred and Google decide whether to do it or not.

    A bit more detail is that I'm just outside the garage repairing something, therefore the doors are open. I'm dressed really scruffy and it's pretty embarrassing.
    Also I'd say I am very recognizable but my face is 45degrees downwards so I didn't get blurred automatically.

    I agree with the "Streisand" effect comments. I might just request a blur of myself and leave the garage 
  • Newbie_John
    Newbie_John Posts: 376
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    Forumite
    If you have a garage full of expensive equipment where the doors have been open and is protected by a flimsy lock - that in itself is a wake up call to fit a better lock, and potentially add in a wireless alarm linked to the house. While you're sat there with your doors open, as much as the google car went by, so could any number of locals who'd be far more interested than someone randomly searching google maps...
    If I was a thief, blurred door or house would definitely catch my attention - what is there to hide :D ?
  • matelodave
    matelodave Posts: 8,573
    First Anniversary Name Dropper Photogenic First Post
    Forumite
    TBH the average criminal is an opportunist and will just walk past and either case the place to come back later or nip in whilst you are indoors. They don't really put a lot of effort into exploring Google Earth unless you make your house stand out from the rest, then it will pique the interest of those who feel that there's summat worth exploring

    If you are that bothered then dont leave the doors open for any |Tom, !!!!!! or Harry to get nefarious ideas and if you really think that you've got stuff worth nicking then fit better locks, an alarm and even a surveillance camera
    Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers
  • Neil_Jones
    Neil_Jones Posts: 8,805
    First Anniversary Name Dropper First Post
    Forumite
    Google Street View might allow somebody to case the joint but as above, its more a case of being in the right place at the right time with an opportunity.  Why break into somewhere if you juts happen to have left it open anyway?
Meet your Ambassadors

Categories

  • All Categories
  • 341.7K Banking & Borrowing
  • 249.7K Reduce Debt & Boost Income
  • 449.1K Spending & Discounts
  • 233.9K Work, Benefits & Business
  • 606K Mortgages, Homes & Bills
  • 172.5K Life & Family
  • 246.8K Travel & Transport
  • 1.5M Hobbies & Leisure
  • 15.8K Discuss & Feedback
  • 15.1K Coronavirus Support Boards