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Social Networking Burglars Arrested in New Hampshire

Here is a little something to think about the next time you consider posting your offline travels or activities to a social network: not posting anything at all can turn out to be the best and safest policy.

According to several U.S. news outlets in Nashua, N.H., police say they’ve arrested three young men allegedly responsible for about 50 burglaries in the city last month. More specifically, TV station WMUR notes that the suspects “used social-networking sites such as Facebook to identify victims who posted online that they would not be home at a certain time”.

It is estimated that the group managed to steal approximately $100,000 worth of electronics, ammunition, fireworks, and other items.

What do you think? Is this an early sign of a new and growing criminal trend?

Alleged ‘Facebook’ burglars busted in US [ZDNet]

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  • Published 09/13/10

Comments (5)

  1. Steve Mann

    Everything old is new again. Exactly the same thing happened during the “Citizens Band Radio” phenomenon in the 1970’s. In fact, it would have been easily predictable. Thieves would simply monitor the CB channels and take advantage of people announcing their location – away from home.

  2. Steve

    Wait until one of these Bozo’s choose a “victim” who is actually saying he/she is going to be away from home but is actually there…at home…waiting for them! Sweet justice!!!

  3. Donna

    Agrees with both men who commented before me. Never give out any kind of information online that will come back to haunt you.

    “Sweet justice” indeed.

  4. Mark De Cesare

    I am in agreement with Donna, and the two gentlemen. It is important not to leave any information that leaves a “hint” that you are not home. Social networking burglars will try to use other tricks if they cannot get the information they are looking for. The same goes for home and cell phones and PDA’s as well. Use care as I heard phone hacking is on the rise….

  5. Ray_Rhodes

    Facebook in general is a danger [to those who improperly use it and mindlessly surf the internet]. People post their cellphone number, location, familys’ information, job information…and I’m sure social engineering on any of these sites wouldn’t be too hard either. People have allowed the internet to give them a false sense of security because no one is physically there with you. Hell, a citizen of China could make your life a living hell [if you’re here in the states]

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