Beware! Google Street View, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare etc, useful to plot crime, says Ex-Burglars

Next time you leave your home for a longer length of time,  don’t tell the Internet about it. There have been a lot of stories coming in the news about criminals using Google, Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook to target people who many not be home or, in the case of Google Earth and Street View, which homes to target. Or learning their habits via foursquare of the locations they frequently visit.

A recent survey of 50 convicted burglars by UK security firm Friedland Response and reported by the UK’s Sky News argues that Google and social media tools are being used extensively to target people and why not, isn’t that the easiest way to get hold of habits of people.

Nearly 40 of the 50 ex-burglars surveyed believed that Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare were being used by current criminals, and nearly 75 percent stated that they can use Google Street View to plan a theft or robbery. 

Just over 50 percent said that including your whereabouts in social media status updates was “a mistake” and helpful to burglars.

“We’re living in the age of the digital criminal and people are taking advantage of social media to access information about would-be victims. We’ll tell them even when we’re going away on holidays. We will let them know that we’re not in. We’re inviting them round to our house,” said Richard Taylor, one of the convicted burglars interviewed in the survey.

 

We can advice you to be aware that others may be using your tweets and check-ins to decide whether to “burgle” your home. However there are a range of common-sense methods to deter burglaries, such as: don’t hide keys near doorways, don’t leave doors and windows unlocked or open and don’t put valuable items in places where they can be seen clearly from outside the home. Open or vulnerable doorways can also lead to other unspeakable crimes like burgling, abusing, vandalism etc. But sexual abuse stands as the worst crime, and if you are unfortunate enough to endure through that horrendous crime, then the first thing would be to hire a Tampa sex crimes attorney from Mike G Law.

For help contact criminal justice attorney, Lauren Campoli.