Are you concerned your UBER driver knows you are not home?

Old Apr 30, 18, 9:14 am
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Are you concerned your UBER driver knows you are not home?

I'm single and live alone. I don't really tell anyone (except out of necessity) when I am traveling. I usually use airport parking, but have considered LYFT or UBER. I just don't like the idea of my driver knowing I am away and the house is empty. I know that doesn't sound very trusting of me, but in general I am a very private person.

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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:18 am
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I just don't like the idea of my driver knowing I am away and the house is empty.
If you are traveling away from home, then by definition the origin and destination of the UBER or LYFT trip will not be your house. Even if your driver could divine your house address, they are in a completely different city, how would they use that info? And finally, if no one is home, then there is no danger of personal injury.

edit: Sorry just realized you meant rides to/from airport as opposed to rides in a different city. Just have pickup or drop off at a nearby intersection or starbucks or mcdonalds.

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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:25 am
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Am I concerned? Not even a little

I'd be more concerned (still not concerned) about facebook posts telling people you're out of town since that sends a wider message.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:28 am
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Originally Posted by DavidDTW View Post
Thoughts?
  1. Don't order a Lyft/Uber to your home address when going to the airport.
  2. Make up a lie if the driver asks about your trip
    1. "It's only for two nights
    2. "My husband/wife/brother/sister/daughter/son etc. stay home because they have to work/go to school/study/etc"
    3. "I have to leave my beloved German shepherd at home as UA won't allow him in the cabin"
  3. Get a home alarm system if you're worried about burglars

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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by DavidDTW View Post
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Thoughts?
How would your driver know you're the only one living in your home ?
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The thought has crossed my mind. I live alone as well. I definitely don't tell the Uber guy taking me to the airport that I am going away for a week. Plus, they have no idea whether I am single or have someone else at home. If they ask, I tell them I have a business trip.

I don't think it is much of a risk, but it has crossed my mind.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:42 am
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Don't keep anything valuable at home, have alarms and wifi HD cameras. I'm more worried about my water pipes bursting, my sump pump breaking , sewage line backup, etc, than a burglary when no one is at home for extended time.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 9:52 am
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Don't keep anything valuable at home
Where would you keep valuable things?
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Old Apr 30, 18, 10:00 am
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Where would you keep valuable things?
we still have an old fashioned bank locker for a select few things.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 10:13 am
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we still have an old fashioned bank locker for a select few things.
Bingo.
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Old Apr 30, 18, 10:38 am
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David, before Uber, did you ever take a taxi or another car service to the airport? Were you ever concerned about a local taxi company or just that driver knowing you were away?

As others have asked, how would the driver know you live alone?
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Old Apr 30, 18, 10:41 am
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If you're concerned about the safety of your home and valuables, you should probably be much more concerned about your predictable absences from home -- how many days of casing your home would it take before a potential thief knew when you left for work and returned home, whether you lived alone and if you had a dog?
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Old Apr 30, 18, 10:45 am
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I don't worry about it. If I'm feeling paranoid I'll meet the driver at the end of my neighbors driveway since they always have cars outside.

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Since we have a forum dedicated to UBER and other ride-sharing companies, we'll move this thread over there.

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Old Apr 30, 18, 11:39 am
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I never use my driver's license as ID when traveling because I don't want random TSA employees, etc. to see my home address when it's obvious I'm leaving town. For a taxi/Uber,/etc. the driver would see my building address (unless I leave directly from work) but not the unit number. Like the OP, I avoid discussing current/future travel plans around anyone without a need to know.
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