Facebook Posts Used by Thieves to Identify Targets

Ryan Whitwam

The internet at large tends to childe us all every few months about how much information people are sharing online. Sites like the now defunct Please Rob Me tried to bring the whole problem into focus by aggregating social networking posts wherein people said they were not at home. Sure, we all told ourselves this was no big deal. It's not like thieves are cruising Facebook looking for clues on when to rob you. As it turns out, at least some of them are . Police are reporting that three recently apprehended accused burglars were using Facebook to target empty homes.

The accused individuals were found to be in possession of $100,000-200,000 in stolen property. Police Capt. Ron Dickerson said in a statement, "We know for a fact that some of these players, some of these criminals, were looking on these sites and identifying their targets through these social networking sites." When you think about it, many people have hundreds of Facebook friends, many of which they know only in passing. Who's to say none of them are an unscrupulous lot?

The suspects were caught when they were seen lighting off a large quantity of fireworks stolen from one of the burgled homes. Does this incident give you pause about that you say on Facebook? Have you ever posted something you feel gave away too much information?

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