Social networking dangers revealed by PleaseRobMe.com

Life for robbers could be made a little bit easier thanks to Dutch website PleaseRobMe which reveals the location of empty homes, but would-be victims would only have themselves to blame, as the information used to find empty homes is posted online by the potential victims themselves.

The site, developed by Boy Van Amstel, Frank Groeneveld and Barry Borsboom, took just four hours to create according to the BBC, and uses data posted to Twitter by players of online game Foursquare, which is based upon a player's real world location, to tell users whether the person is at home or not.

"It started with me and a friend looking at our Twitter feeds and seeing more and more Foursquare posts," said Van Amstel.

"People were checking in at their house, or their girlfriend's or friend's house, and sharing the address - I don't think they were aware of how much they were sharing."

Van Amstel explained that the site is nothing more than a Twitter search, emphasising that anyone with knowledge of HTML and Javascript could do it. Although the site will remain live, he went on to state it was not intended to help criminals.

"The website is not a tool for burglary. The point we're getting at is that not long ago it was questionable to share your full name on the internet. We've gone past that point by 1,000 miles."

He added that it would actually be "very difficult" to carry out a burglary using the information on the website.

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NeoSigma said,
Question... why does the picture of the robber have to be a brotha'?

Because the sista was patented.
http://www.instantrimshot.com/

Edited by NoctheniK, Feb 22 2010, 3:45am :

NeoSigma said,
Question... why does the picture of the robber have to be a brotha'?

This reminds me of a COPS episode. These two dudes were fighting by a convenient store, one white and one black. Turned out the [i]white[/i] guy was wanted for robbing a convenience store that didn't hire him for a job.

NeoSigma said,
Question... why does the picture of the robber have to be a brotha'?

I find it interesting that you're worried about people making a web site where robbers can find future victims aren't politically correct in their choice of web-banner.

whats to stop ppl saying they arnt home then beating thr **** out of the person that came to rob them only to find they lied and are still home

DKAngel said,
whats to stop ppl saying they arnt home then beating thr **** out of the person that came to rob them only to find they lied and are still home

Me! (H)

DKAngel said,
whats to stop ppl saying they arnt home then beating thr **** out of the person that came to rob them only to find they lied and are still home

I don't think these idiots are expecting this nor do they have the brains to think of this....

DKAngel said,
whats to stop ppl saying they arnt home then beating thr **** out of the person that came to rob them only to find they lied and are still home

What's to prevent a homeowner from letting loose with a 12 gauge anyway? That's part of the risks of burglary. The more careful sort is going to better their odds by checking things out beforehand, whether they use the site or not.

DKAngel said,
whats to stop ppl saying they arnt home then beating thr **** out of the person that came to rob them only to find they lied and are still home
Because the odds of getting burgled are tiny, and you'd be wasting days of your life for premeditated violence?

Kirkburn said,
Because the odds of getting burgled are tiny, and you'd be wasting days of your life for premeditated violence?
lol Some people on neowin could use the time off. ;)

This is awesome! People should wake the hell upa d realize what they are posting online! People have no concern over thier won safety.

On the bright side, these idiots sharing anything and everything about themselves online probably helps put people more concerned with their privacy off the criminal radar.

"He added that it would actually be "very difficult" to carry out a burglary using the information on the website."

Wellll... imagine you could pick up patterns, say homes that were always empty at whatever day/time. Then could cross reference addresses with rich neighborhoods, larger lots, more landscaping, whatever. Check the place out, do a bit on Google/Bing [might be helpful to know if the target likes to talk about their 1/2 doz. pit bulls] & so on. Like the Yellow Pages, not going to find out everything you need, but I'd guess it saves time by narrowing the search quite a bit.

Solid Knight said,
Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that I'll be going on vacation for a while. I left the key under the mat if anybody needs to get in.
haha Too late!

I would not worry too much about someone breaking in your home using this site.

But felony stalking sounds just right. I love the dumb asses that post exactly where they are heading.

I can beat you to it and kidnap your ass, sounds like fun. Or just keep a history of you for awhile and learn your habits and then have a pretty good idea where you mostly like will be when. Then kidnap.

I'd learn your habits for say 6 months and then not only kidnap you but all your friends, family, other idiots that decide to show up at any of the locations. On and on.

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