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Nearly 4 out of 5 of burglars use social networks to find empty homes

30 Oct

With many users of social networks like Twitter and Facebook are updating the services with locations in status updates, criminals are using that information to find potential targets for home invasion.According to a study out of the United Kingdom from Credit Sesame, approximately 78 percent of ex-burglars use Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook to identify properties with absent homeowners. This includes people that use location-enabled status updates or pictures to identify when they are at work or on an extended vacation. In addition, nearly three out of four ex-burglars use Google Street View to check out the quality of the home in addition to various escape routes within a neighborhood. The typical home invasion costs the homeowner just over $2,000 in the United States and robbery that occurs during the day usually yields higher losses than burglars that break in during the night.

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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in technology, think, trends

 

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