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PrincessLeppard
12-28-2011, 06:07 PM
Are robbers really trolling facebook for people to rob? I'm skeptical.

PDilemma
12-28-2011, 06:09 PM
Are robbers really trolling facebook for people to rob? I'm skeptical.

Yeah, I am, too.

And this airline thing is completely voluntary. If the idea freaks you out, don't participate.

Jenny
12-28-2011, 06:29 PM
I just think it's foolish, if nothing else. Why would anyone publish that they are going away? Why not just invite robbers to come to your house :confused:!


Are robbers really trolling facebook for people to rob? I'm skeptical.


Yeah, I am, too.

And this airline thing is completely voluntary. If the idea freaks you out, don't participate.

Go back a few pages on this thread - we already discussed the issue of "I'll get robbed."

In the case of the KLM program, you're only going to be vulnerable if you profile includes "and my whole family is coming with me, so no one will be in the house, and here's my address."

So let's think this through. The person that sees that information is also travelling (and has let people know that too), so they'd have to pass on the info to someone else. That person would then have to figure out the home address of the first person - sometimes that's easy if the name is unusual or they are from a small town, but usually it's not. Then, once you find the house, assuming you know how long the resident will be away, you take the chance that there might be someone else living there, or staying at the house to look after it, or neighbours might be also watching it. There could easily be an alarm system, and who's to say the house has anything worth stealing?

As someone said upthread, there are far easier ways to identify targets for theft than Facebook.

rjblue
12-29-2011, 03:37 AM
Our newspaper used to publish a social column of who was visiting and who was travelling. No one seemed to worry about the potential uses of this information, and property crimes rates were not much different than they are now.

BigB08822
12-29-2011, 03:39 AM
The new timeline feature on facebook is awful. I hate it. I hope the home page never ever looks like that. It makes me never want to visit other people's pages.

cruisin
12-29-2011, 03:08 PM
As someone said upthread, there are far easier ways to identify targets for theft than Facebook.

I still don't think it's a good idea to publish dates that you will be away. It is too easy for the wrong people to get that information. You don't know who may be reading these pages. For that matter, I don't think it's a good idea to post dates that you will be away on any message boards either.

quebecoise
12-29-2011, 10:39 PM
The new timeline feature on facebook is awful. I hate it. I hope the home page never ever looks like that. It makes me never want to visit other people's pages.

I agree. I totally dislike it! We were supposed to all get them these days but it doesn't look they are ready for it(and I'm happy because I don't want to get it!)

I went to some friend's page who have it and I completely dislike it. The organization of things is really bad.

I hope they will get us the choice to add it or not. I don't have it yet(and I don't want to). The new date release was today but I still have the last version.

PeterG
12-29-2011, 10:59 PM
So let's think this through. The person that sees that information is also travelling (and has let people know that too), so they'd have to pass on the info to someone else. That person would then have to figure out the home address of the first person - sometimes that's easy if the name is unusual or they are from a small town, but usually it's not. Then, once you find the house, assuming you know how long the resident will be away, you take the chance that there might be someone else living there, or staying at the house to look after it, or neighbours might be also watching it. There could easily be an alarm system, and who's to say the house has anything worth stealing?

As someone said upthread, there are far easier ways to identify targets for theft than Facebook.

:respec:

genevieve
12-29-2011, 11:04 PM
I think it makes Facebook look more like a MySpace page. I never belonged to MySpace, because I HATED the look of it. The FB timeline version is a lot cleaner but it's still looks cluttered. I only have one friend using it - or at least only one friend whose page i've visited recently, but I admit since the last redesign I almost never go to peoples' pages or scroll down to see posts. I post things and read any replies I might get, and I play Garden of Time. Might respond to someone else's post if it's on the top of my list when I log in.

PDilemma
12-29-2011, 11:08 PM
I'm going to the grocery store in case anyone wants to rob my house. You'll need to figure out what town I'm in, get here, find my address and hope that the neighbors in our four-plex don't notice you. At least two of them are home and the landlady next door knows not only us, but the other people allowed to have keys. You have about 20 minutes.

Good luck.

Seriously, old-fashioned casing of a house is going to be a much more efficient way of robbing people than finding info online on FB or a forum.

Sparks
12-29-2011, 11:12 PM
PD - do you have any new electronic toys I might be interested in?

genevieve
12-29-2011, 11:22 PM
I would suggest going for the engagement ring, but apparently PD is one of those weirdoes that wears hers everywhere! ;)

Sparks
12-29-2011, 11:25 PM
I don't want no stinkin ring...I want an IPad or something similar.

cruisin
12-29-2011, 11:33 PM
I'm going to the grocery store in case anyone wants to rob my house. You'll need to figure out what town I'm in, get here, find my address and hope that the neighbors in our four-plex don't notice you. At least two of them are home and the landlady next door knows not only us, but the other people allowed to have keys. You have about 20 minutes.

Good luck.

Seriously, old-fashioned casing of a house is going to be a much more efficient way of robbing people than finding info online on FB or a forum.

Make fun, but there is a lot of information on many people's FB pages. Often the town they live in. With a first and last name and a town, it would not be that difficult to find an address.

PDilemma
12-30-2011, 12:39 AM
I'm back now, you're all too late. I have a 4.5 yr old Macbook. No iPad. No new electronics. Sorry. And even if I weren't wearing it, it is not an elaborate ring; you wouldn't get much out of it. No cash around here, either. You could take some of the tractors, though. It would not break my heart. But they aren't mine. :lol:

Quite frankly, if you want to rob people in my town, I'd go for the wealthy neighborhood overlooking the river, or head north on the highway and hit up the swanky houses around the fake lake. My neighborhood isn't so promising!

cruisin', I realize that. But someone else suggested that mentioning leaving home on a forum is risky. Not so much. Only a few people here may know what town I live in. And they might not even know how to get here. And one person maybe knows my name. Maybe.

As for the info on FB, if you post that info, and you aren't careful with privacy settings...it may be a small risk. But you don't have to post it and you can control who sees your information. And it is still a small risk. Conventional theft is going to be a much greater risk all the time and factors like the neighborhood you live in and the precautions you take are going to be much larger. When we are away overnight, we tell our land lady who lives on the other side of the wall. She tells us when she is--we typically feed each other's pets and take in each other's mail. Those precautions and other things far outweigh the risk of anyone on FB knowing if we left the house.

And it all amuses me anyway. I grew up for ten years in a town where if you left in the car, at least five people would ask where you went at work or school the next day. There are no "privacy settings" for those towns and they still exist.