The Perils Of Sharing Location On Social Networking Sites
A Facebook user updated her location status on the site, only to find that her house was burgled by one of her Facebook friends, in her absence.
Keri McMullen updated her whereabouts on Facebook, only to find that her house has been broken into in her absence. Keri had posted her upcoming plan of attending a concert and posted details on the band, time and location of the concert, which was apparently enough to tip off burglars who stole about $10,000 worth of property.
Ironically, Facebook helped solve the case too. Keri had a video surveillance system inside her home and her friend, after watching the video posted on Facebook, recognized one of the burglars as one of Keri’s Facebook friends.
While Facebook does recommend its users to choose their friends on its site as they would in real life, this is not the first incident of burglars taking advantage of people broadcasting their location updates on social networking sites.