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September 27, 2010

Facebook Bandits Give Users a Wake-Up Call

Filed under: Uncategorized — freshoutbaby @ 11:39 pm

Ok Facebook fans today I am FRESH OUT OF SORRY, for all the homeowners who put out the welcome mat for a trio of criminals who were charged with burglarizing their homes in New Hampshire.

Link to article

EXTRA….READ ALL ABOUT IT……In a New York Times article written by Nick Bilton, “Burglars Picked Houses Based on Facebook Updates.” it was reported that several homes in Nashua, New Hampshire were burglarized after the homeowners posted on Facebook that their homes would be vacant or unattended due to their vacation plans. Apparently these updates alerted not only their closest friends and family, but also three local computer savvy criminals pictured below who were monitoring the homeowners’ updates on the website.

Facebook robbers

From left to right, Mario Rojas, Leonardo Barroso, Victor Rodriguez

“We are gone for the summer and no one will be at home!” If you are announcing to the world that you intend to leave your home unguarded and empty you should also know it won’t be opportunity knocking at your door when you are away.   So I say to all Facebook fans, who do you think is reading your homepage updates?  Obviously in this situation it wasn’t just the people on your friends and family list.  I am sure you haven’t received any “friend requests” from the website “Please Rob Me” which has since shut down.  The website tracked local social media updates and reported which homes would be ripe for the picking. With the current economic conditions and the high rate of unemployment a lot of people have a lot of time on their hands and even the dumbest criminals can put two and two together.

Ok Facebook fans I am aware that the majority of these social online interactions and updates include the photos of new additions to the family, professional accomplishments, and a lot of “friend requests”, however let’s practice a little common sense on these pages of our lives.  Because in today’s society it’s not just the Joneses that are keeping up with your latest status changes as several Facebook homeowners found out the hard way.

When I first started my career interest in Journalism I was told that to compete in today’s job market I would need to exhibit “multi-media skills” as a writer or reporter.  This included having a Facebook Page and of course a little activity called “tweeting” was also a valuable trade to increase my marketability.  So when it came time for me to activate a Facebook account a red flag went off in my mind.  This was probably due to my former 8 years of working in the police department, where most employees pride themselves on keeping their personal life from public view.  This was because working in an environment where criminals will make every attempt to gather another citizen’s personal information for their own illegal gains. Also, I am sure common sense had something to do with it.  The idea of lets share intimate details of our personal lives on a daily basis and post it on the internet for the world to see doesn’t appeal to my sense of the smartest things to do.

So it was bound to happen sooner or later, with the popularity of today’s social media websites comes the makings of a ticking time bomb that with the help of its users was finally detonated right in their own homes.


1 Comment »

  1. So, faceplant claims another lemming. Notice my shocked face.

    It is semi surprising it was in New Hampshire which boasts 3rd lowest crime rate in country, but to this cynical observer, that ain’t nothing but less competition

    Eh, in 20 years they will be charged with home invasion, rape, and arson. Why Hayes and Komisarjevsky haven’t been killed in prison yet (97 Ct home invasion) is beyond me.


    Comment by darknight-ivxx — September 28, 2010 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

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