Friday, September 17, 2010

Facebook Status and Burglaries

WMUR in New Hampshire reports what is one of the first large-scale burglary cases based on Facebook status messages that I'm aware of. For those of us who need to communicate about Facebook and social network security concerns to varied populations, this is a great example to cite. According to the article, "Investigators said 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."

The article mentions $100,000-200,000 of stolen property that was recovered, and that the case was solved due to an officer who noticed that fireworks of the same brand reported stolen in a burglary were being shot off and investigated on orders to check out any fireworks they heard being fired.

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