Reminder: Maybe you should think twice before bragging about your vacation on Facebook, complete with sun-and-sand photos, lest your shadier friends or members of the general public decide to burgle your house. Two Facebook users in Anderson County, South Carolina were arrested Sunday for using Facebook to find out which of their friends were out of town so they could rob "several" of the empty houses over the course of two months, according to WFMY News at http://goo.gl/Q6KBu.
39-year-old Candace Landreth and 44-year-old Robert Landreth Jr. allegedly used Facebook to see which of their friends were out of town. If a post indicated a Facebook friend wasn't home, the two broke into that friend's house and liberated some of their belongings.
A bit of common sense seems in order here. You wouldn't place a sign on the front lawn saying "this house is unattended" so why do the same thing online?
By the way, here's a note to would-be burglars who live near me: I often post notes on this web site saying that I am leaving for a few days to attend a genealogy conference or for other reasons. However, that doesn't mean the house is empty. We have several adults and one large dog living in the house. When I travel, I usually travel alone. The other family members usually remain in the house. The dog would especially like to meet you.
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