Facebook, Twitter Posts Scream 'Please Rob Me'

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How much is too much to disclose on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter?

The Web site PleaseRobMe.com has set out to prove many users post personal information that can be valuable to thieves. Their motto is, "Showing you a list of all those empty homes out there."

The site monitors profiles on Facebook and Twitter, looking for "status updates" from people saying they're leaving home-- posts that are commonly put up on the sites.

PleaseRobMe.com then updates its site with the post for all the world to see. The Web site's creator says it's meant to raise awareness, but police warn it makes it too easy for robbers to find out who's home and who's not.

"You're sending out that message to the criminal that 'hey, I know there's no one home. I can go and take advantage,'" warned Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department in Lafayette, La.

Still, many Facebookers and Tweeters remain undeterred.

"If someone stalks me enough to figure out where I live, then yes that's a problem and maybe I'd reconsider," said Twitter user Michael Baldwin. "But at the current time, I have no reason to."

"It's a pretty interesting time that we're living in right now." he added.

To protect you and your family, police say it's best to keep daily whereabouts off the Internet and to yourself.

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