The Clickinks Blog | High tech burglars print a map of targets not home

High tech burglars print a map of targets not home

17. February 2010 09:54 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, foursquare, print news, facebook, print map, pleaserobme, twitter  //  Tags:   //   Comments (3)
I admit it, I am a social media enthusiast. I began using Twitter even before main stream media, I use it both personally and professionally, and I honestly did a happy dance the day Foursquare opened up in my hometown.

Are we going too far? Last night as I was sitting home alone I saw a tweet from @PleaseRobMe. They called out my username and said I was not home. Talk about scare tactics. I try to be smart online, do not think the high tech burglars could find my home address to print, do not post anything overly personal and only friend those I know and trust, but are our beloved Foursquare and Twitter postings putting me at risk?

On their website they even provide search functionality allowing potential criminals to put a location in and hit go for a list of recent empty homes, including mine, that potential criminals could print and go.

Many of us location-sharing social media enthusiasts get so caught up in the novelty and bonuses that we ignore the possible reactions. There have been cases of Twitter burglaries (Israel Hyman) and Facebook burglaries in the past, now PleaseRobMe alleges that they are making potential targets aware.

Do you think PleaseRobMe is providing a public service by making targets aware? Or is it set up to assist would be criminals further their endeavours?

Comments (3) -

2/17/2010 8:56:18 PM #

all of this techknowledgedy is kind of scary. i would hate for my grand son to be robbed or gang hurt by some of these people. i think are children and grand children need to be more aware of the computer machines they are using and careful of information data sent through the web site lines.

Peter Lavelle
Peter Lavelle
2/18/2010 9:05:03 AM #

The avowed intention of the site to make people aware of the dangers of Twitter doesn't really square with listing people who aren't home. Nor is the URL encouraging.

Bradley Senkovich
Bradley Senkovich
2/18/2010 5:19:24 PM #

i am sure they have good intentions... When you call someone out like this you are asking for trouble. What happens if that person actaully does get robbed?

Look at it from this angle. If you get robbed, what if the criminal uses the #pleaserobme as an scapegoat?

I am sure this opens whoever handles @pleaserobme up to people suing them for creating a situation that gets a victim robbed.

Freedom of Speech does not grant freedom to cause harm.

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