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Google Business View a new tool for customers

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Business's in our area are taking advantage of Google Maps' Business View.

It gives customers a chance to walk inside a business and take a tour using familiar street view navigation.

With the click of a button anyone can now take a look inside businesses, such as Fleet Feet Sports in Savannah, without ever stepping out of their home.

"We wanted to enhance our online presence, and when we found out about this tool that Google offered," said Fleet Feet Marketing DIrector Christine Powell. "We thought it would be a great way to show the inside of our store."

Sid Gray, a Google trusted photographer explained Google Business View is a great way to lure customers in, using Google Street View technology.

"First impressions are very important, and when you use something such as Google Business Views as a way to show your customer what it is like to see inside," said Gray. "This is a perfect way to do it because it allows a customer to view inside your business."

With more people shopping online, this is a way for brick and mortar retail stores like Computer Advantage to stay on the map.

"People just walking by and going in are a thing of the past," said Computer Advantage Manager David Welch. "Everyone researches where they go online."

Pooler Police Chief Mark Revenue warns this technology also could hurt a business by giving thieves a chance to scope out their next victims.

"I can understand their need for it, but there are concerns," said Chief Revenue. "You wouldn't want a jewelry store, pharmacy or a gun store utilizing this feature because these are high theft and burglary rates."

Chief Revenue advises business's to lock away all valuables at night and have extensive alarm systems in place.

Google says the areas they show are strictly up to the client. They do blur out faces or important information if they are captured in the images.

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