Criminals Analyze Social Media Pinpointing Victims

In the past, here at OSM we’ve been keen to share articles with you in relation to the world of social media. When we talk about this very subject, we are of course highlighting the use of sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, professional site LinkedIn, YouTube and so on. Individuals and companies alike are now taking on the frenzy of social media and using it to their advantage.

For the promotion of brands, social media can be used to a worldwide audience with the idea of a customer base increasing, whilst revenue is upped at the same time. Just a small percentage of brands we’ve spoken about in the past have included Ben & Jerry’s, Nestle, Ritz Carlton Hotel chain, Sony Ericsson, Kleenex tissues and so on.

Whilst social media can provide positive feedback, it has at times received a fair amount of negativity. Stories of this include the London Rioting and how social media was blamed for the surge in violence across Britain, how criminals use sites to target and prey on their victims for instance stalking or even burglary and its the latter that we wanted to give you news on.

According to news.sky.com, a recent survey was carried out, which stated that at least 75% of convicted burglars were using sites such as Google Street View to organise their criminal activity, whilst using Twitter and Facebook attracted the same amount with the use of “check in” locations.

Before in the past, we’ve spoken about how something as simple as your Facebook update can fall into the wrong hands, an individual can post an innocent status telling all and sundry that they are going away on holiday, or that they are out and having a fantastic time. People need to take extra precautions whilst posting messages on sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

An interesting statement came from Richard Taylor who openly admitted that in the past, he had carried out burglaries. He said, “We’re living in the age of digital criminal and people are taking advantage of social media to access information about would-be victims. We’ll tell them even when we’re going away on holidays. We will let them know that we’re not in. We’re inviting them.. round to our house.”

Are you careful with what you post on social media sites? How do you keep yourself safe across the internet? Should these sites even exist if there are repercussions?