Armed Bandits Break Into House After Teen Posts Pics Of Grandmother's Cash Pile On Facebook

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ApathyCurve

Facebook: the electronic tar pit.

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skirge01

It's practically illegal to defend yourself in NJ, so people are providing a great service in letting the criminals know where to go... facebook or not.

I may not be on FB myself because I sort of like what little privacy we are still allowed, but people need to get some common sense. This is absolutely ridiculous.

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Valor958

A couple things:
That is probably a stock photo of cash, and not the actual sum that was featured... since that needs to be stated apparently.

Many people are skipping the reason for her using Facebook to do this. She was helping her Grandmother figure out how much money she had saved, and from what I've read other places, it was with reference to her life savings. Though a picture of this may not have been entirely necessary, I'd say the only major fault here was improper use of the available security features. Something like this happening was probably never even considered as a possibility from posting that online in Australia. From the several Australians I know and talk to, crime like that isn't nearly as bad as in the states. Not to say there isn't crime, just different public perceptions about it.

Using the logic some have mentioned here, no one should post any pics online since you could appeal to one form of degenerate or another and tempt them into action. A pic of your attractive spouse, you're tempting someone to rape them. A pic of your cute child, you're tempting someone to kidnap them. A pic of your gaming rig or man cave, you're tempting someone to rob you for that. From what we can infer, these men would have been just as likely to rob the Grandmother if she were leaving the bank after having withdrawn that money.

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Brad Chacos

Yes, that's a stock Creative Commons pic of cash. (It's cited in italics at the end of the article.)

Also, Valor, re: your comments on the online managing editor post, which is now locked to new comments: that pic of me is 4 years old. The beard has grown, young padawan. Do not rouse its ire. Also, learning the Drupal-based CMS is fairly simple if you're familiar with other CMSes.

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TrollBot5000

that made me put my beer down to add a well deserved lolzoloollollllll derrrrrrrrrrrrpppppppppppppp

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Captain_Steve

It's not so much the pictures you post, it's the information that's contined in them.

Many cameras have it built in by default to put the location from your phone's GPS into the image data; so anyone viewing the image now knows the location of what's in the picture. Take a picture of your house, and now I know where you live. Make a post about being in Florida; now I know where you live and I know you won't be home for a while.

The reason home invasion is dangerous is all the un-knowns. I tend not to know when you'll be back, when you'll be gone, or if there is anything of value there when I get there. You start giving out that information you start making the risk a whole lot lower.

Places that tend to have that information freely available also tend to employ greater protection on their assets. I know there's probably a few grand of cash at a bank; so the bank installs security cameras, safes, and silent alarms to protect the assets. It costs a lot of money for those, so we all don't have them at home.

The warning here is to be careful what you put online for everyone to see, because the more information people have about you, the better a target you become for those who make a living off of less than noble means.

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Valor958

Exactly, be careful what you put for EVERYONE to see. This girl apparently just wasn't/isn't up to par on her profile security. I'm no Facebook aficionado, and really don't like Facebook really, but the few things I have on there are private/friends only... very little public info.
Even without Facebook though, it's easy to track people just about anywhere using 1 piece of information and then connecting it here and there. The internet is a useful and dangerous tool, especially for a fool. See what I did there... rhyming is fun!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Yeah, using your real identity online never leads to trouble....

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Biceps

Oh! And it was almost a Darwin Award!

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mysterymantis

Sux that you Aussies can't defend yourselves from dickheads that know you can't defend yourselves against them. Although, I would bet that if I were to show a large pile of cash on the internet and provide someone with a way of finding it, they would come to my house the same. But then, I have the castle doctrine, and I can then rid the world of whatever dickheads tried. Think I just found a new hobby.

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pastorbob

While I doubt that you are serious in what you have implied, if you did pursue this "hobby" you risk prosecution simply because of your post. The fact that you hint at doing this just to draw in the "d-------s" so you can relieve the world of their existence is premeditation. While I am not an attorney I think you would be in some serious trouble regardless of the circumstances.

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mysterymantis

Good god, lighten up.

Trolls +1, and yet, who cares...

And let's see how morally superior ya'll are if the day should ever come that you might actually have to make the decision to be a "responsible gun owner" or someone that knows when to act when your life or the the lives of your family are threatened by people who's intentions aren't 100% clear. I don't wish that on anyone, but in all reality, it does happen, it could happen, no matter how unlikely you might think it is.

(For the record, I don't really believe in the Castle Doctrine, but I do believe a person has a fundamental right to defend their home from invaders, and their life from attackers. While the CD allows for this, it is also a ridiculous loophole in law that can be exploited to allow people to get away with murder. I don't think it's necessary to have this piece of crap legislation to point out that if someone threatens you, and you feel your life is in jeopardy, you have the right to defend yourself.)

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Xenite

What are you 12?

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Ghok

Typically, I am a lot less in favour of gun control laws than my other typical lefty leanings would have most people believe. But I think that maybe I move a little more left - due to the rambling weirdos that crawl out of the woodwork - every time an article like this is posted (which really has nothing to do with gun control in the first place).

Fortunately, I have known plenty of other responsible gun owners who would never dream of saying the things this wannabe badass says.

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Pruneface

i believe that a man has a right to defend his home and family with a gun. gun laws dont reduce crime because they take guns away from law-abiding citizens and not criminals. criminals will always have guns.
there was a study done by national geographic of 1,000 gun laws/regulations and it found that none of them were able to prevent criminal activity
now, i dont believe normal citizens should have assault rifles, because they have no reason to carry it unless they are in the army.

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Captain_Steve

I do say; the ramblings of those waiting for the opportunity to use firearms in self defense makes all us gun toting red-necks look down-right atrocious.

I take my second amendment rights rather seriously, and spend my time helping the 4H firearm safety courses to teach youth the proper handeling of firearms, I attend classes to learn proper techniques in firearm use, and I practice regularly to ensure continued sharpening of my skills and maintenance of my equipment.

I feel the right to own a weapon for defense is a duty to be taken seriously; not a mandate to "send them to god and let him sort them out." That is the kind of hog wash babble that will get some politician's knickes in a twist and bring trouble.

To put it plainly; please try to distance us from Ted Nugent; he's a horrible example of what it means to have firearms.

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Ghok

Best post on the page, Steve. I have known more gun owners like you than I have not, and it's a huge credit to those who want to maintain gun rights. I don't own any guns myself (I do not live in an environment where I'd feel safe having guns around, and I don't want to take on that responsibility) but I enjoy going shooting and have much respect for responsible gun owners.

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Rift2

If you listen to shows like Coast to Coast am on night you really know what is going on with the economy that mainstream media won't touch because it's sensitive information.

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biggiebob12345

2nd amendment: problem solved. And having better locks on your doors.

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vrmlbasic

If only. Australia doesn't even allow citizens to own body armor, let alone actual guns. I'm sure y'all can look this up yourselves, but I'll post the wiki link anyhow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_vest#Australia

Of course, the US keeps trying to part from its 2nd Amendment ways...and we have some pretty stupid restrictions on body armor ourselves, on the same wiki page :(

I feel betrayed by the media as they've presented to me that, besides Muslim and entitled hipster riots, the US is the only non-3rd world nation to have violent crime. Right? Right? Oh yeah, and the police totally prevent this from happening. That old saw about "When seconds count, the police are minutes away" is just right-wing BS, not common sense, right?

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xmichaelx

"Of course, the US keeps trying to part from its 2nd Amendment ways"

I keep hearing about how THE GOVERNMENT'S GOING TO TAKE AWAY OUR GUNS!!!1! but I have yet to see any evidence of it. In fact, I've been hearing it since I was a child, and as I've grown up it's gotten progressively easier to legally carry.

My guns appear to be quite safe.

(Also, there's nothing in the 2nd amendment about body armor.)

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Pruneface

this is exactly why i dont have a facebook.
"i might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but at least im as smart as a cat.
Uh, what kind chief? i once saw a siamese that could change channels.
Yeah, that is pretty smart."
i'll be even the police chief in the simpsons wouldnt do this idiotic thing.

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iheartpcs

So the reason you don't use Facebook is because you're an idiot and have no self control over the things you say and do?

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jonnyohio

Lmao

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nsvander

Like!!!

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Refuge88

+1

Twas epic.

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vrmlbasic

Hmmm, the BBC considers Australia to be part of Asia? Wow :(

Say, why do Australians, in Australia, have wads of Ben Franklins?

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praetor_alpha

She was just trying to be gangsta. It ain't easy.

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TrollBot5000

these type of articles need to stop being reported. just because it has to do with facebook doesn't make it tech news.

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tsamhammer

It would be great if the police started sting operations that were similar. Would be robbers then show up to a house stake out by police. Word gets out and it might make a decent deterrent.

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randomgeek

That's a good idea, sort of like the bait cars some police depts use.

http://www.baitcar.com/

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Xlink

Most people sadly do not know the amount of meta data that even a single picture contains.

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Danthrax66

There are services that strip meta data. I wouldn't be surprised if after facebook stored the meta data it stripped it. Imgur strips meta data fyi.

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Captain_Steve

I try to tell my social site addicted friends this. Don't Tweet the pictures on Instagram and stream it all to your Facebook when you're 1,000 miles from home on vacation.

And for the love of god, don't hashtag my name to your posts either. I don't want to have to worry about being robbed because you can't imagine the downside to posting every detail of your life to a constant stream.

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