Acting Senior Sergeant Marty Arnold encourages people to think carefully about the information they divulge on Facebook.
Acting Senior Sergeant Marty Arnold encourages people to think carefully about the information they divulge on Facebook.

Crooks turn to Facebook

SOCIAL networking sites may have just turned into the latest way for thieves to scout potential victims, following reports a UK group allegedly robbed 50 homes after reading on Facebook the occupants were not home.

Bundaberg Police Acting Inspector Joe Hildred said social networking sites presented security issues when people chose to reveal too much information.

“People should be cautious about what they put on Facebook,” he said.

“People definitely over-share with some of the things they say online.”

It seems the location-sharing trend will only increase with Facebook introducing “Places”, an application to show your exact location in real time.

Acting Insp Hildred said people needed to be careful when posting on social networking sites.

“People should have all their privacy settings on and be cautious about revealing their intended movements,” he said.

To highlight the growing problem of over-sharing, a website called Please Rob Me was formed to encourage social site users to think before they type.

The initiators took posts from sites including Facebook, Twitter and Digg where users had posted information that meant their house would be empty.

“This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not... home,” the site’s creators wrote.

“So here we are; on one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home.”

Bundaberg Police Acting Senior Sergeant Marty Arnold warned never to reveal too much on social networking sites.

“Think about your safety when online and monitor your children’s usage,” he said.

“Internet predators will take advantage of unsupervised children, even on Facebook. Don’t give out personal information.”



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