It's pretty sad when the criminals are using social media to commit their crimes.  Read this and know that this could happen to any of us. 

A while back, my friend posted this update to his Facebook status:

still trying to make sense about this past weekend. as some of you know while i was in boston a scumbag walked into our home and physically hurt amy, stole some of her belongings, and made samantha do something a child should never have to do… call 911. this incident could have been so much worse, but what it did do is bad enough.

I was blown away when I saw this.  I couldn’t believe it.  The more I thought about it, the more I thought this could have been me…or anyone.  How did this happen?  Why did this happen?  It’s scary, right?

I thought about this, and then I looked at some of the other posts he had on his timeline.  Post after post about plans of where he was going next.  Two days here, three days there.  Basically letting everyone on Facebook know exactly what his plans were.  I’m not saying that whoever broke into his house, was tipped off by Facebook, but it very well could have been.

This is why you won’t see me posting pictures and plans until after I am back home safe and sound.

I realize that your Facebook “friends” should be people you trust, but that moment you start “liking” and “commenting” on posts that anyone can see, you have already given them access to your timeline and they can see what you are up to.

It’s really too bad what happened to my friend, I certainly hope it never happens again to any of us.  Let’s try to be a little more careful on Facebook and let’s keep our private lives…private.

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