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São Paulo police are warning of the perils of flashing your wealth on Facebook after a teenager's snaps of his electronic equipment and foreign holidays on the social network prompted thieves to rob his family's apartment. The unnamed 16-year-old was targeted by a student at his school when he "boasted among friends and put the …

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Unfortunately...

It's not just adolescents that post such information on social networking sites. The number of supposedly intelligent people I have had to warn about posting information about when they are off on holiday, their house is going to be unattended or that they have just purchased such and such high value device,

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How about we compromise and say "people with the maturity and intelligence of an adolescent"?

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"During their escape, they were intercepted by members of São Paulo's paramilitary police, and shot during a gun battle. They later died in hospital."

Tough on Crime, Tough of the causes of Crime, "São Paulo" showing the UK how it should be done!

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@Leona A

Are you really advocating running gun battles on the streets of Britain?

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tough on crime...

and yet, a quick google for "Sao Paulo riot" shows that such toughness wouldn't have done anything to stop the London riots this year

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Sir

Obviously not much of a deterrent, although it keeps the prison population down.

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While I admire the fact that these bastards I mean crims are no more, I don't fully agree with the argument that shooting criminals fixes the problem.

The fact that the paramilitary are ready to shoot these guys is most likely the reason they are armed in the first place, so you've already increased gun power simply for a nice outcome. It won't mentioned crossfire, and it did mention holding up people, so innocents get more scared. The result is of scared innocents is to push the govt/police to arm more, which is then equalled by the crims arming more.

Whether that be straight retaliation, or dodgy/incompetent cops, it is usually inevitable. We already see it here, cops now have tasers, and we see the occasional story of a criminal using them too (see recent headline about woman tasered then burried alive)

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Click, click you're dead

The silly buggers should never have updated their own FB page while the robbery was in progress, I guess.....

Interestingly, there is a story about a bungling burglar who did just that.... (however, he only got caught... not shot).

http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-robber-busted-facebook,0,6902146.story

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"Obviously not much of a deterrent, although it keeps the prison population down."

And where will the security(sic) companies get thier money from then?

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They were probably shot because they did not pay their protection money to the Sao Paulo plods.

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@Leona A: "tough on the causes of crime"

In this case, an envious classmate.

He's not shot, hence your statement is invalid.

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Where have I heard that before?

"It's very stressful living in London. There was a rapper in London, one of these rappers that they have now. You've seen them, er... On adverts and things, and, um, his name was Ironik, I R O N I K was how he'd spelt it. And last November, Ironik, he went on the tweets. He was a tweeter and, er, one Saturday last November, he twatted, which is the, er, The past tense of tweet. One Saturday last November, Ironik twatted that he'd bought a new diamond necklace, and he twatted that he was on his way to Southend to do a gig, and then he twatted that he was on his way back to London, and then he got mugged outside his house. And now Ironik understands the meaning if not the spelling of his name."

Stewart Lee, 2010

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They stole almost nothing and died in the process. A happy ending!

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What's the problem?

Just wait for the crims to start bragging about their shiny new gear in Twitter.

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I don't follow...

Two people are dead and the take away is "be careful what you post on Facebook"?

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Blaming the victims or the blamers or anybody convenient

Just like the fellow further above who blamed the police having guns for the 'reason' that the criminals have had to arm themselves, misplacing, displacing or inverting blame is the favorite activity of many.

Now you have inverted the cause / effect / blame cascade to be "two people died and this article isn't properly focusing on that tragedy!"

Wasn't the article about "don't create situations that potentially could result in tragic consequences for the stupid" ? Surely that is more _usefully_ applying value to human life than "OMG2peepsdyd!"

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The facebook bragging seems to have directly caused the situation, so "be careful what you post on Facebook" would be a good lesson.

Oh yeah, and "if you're planning a heist in Sao Paulo take either no guns at all, or a shitload of really big ones".

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wonder if any criminals watch "cribs" to plan their burglaries

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Not convinced from reading this that the Facebook element of the story is of much relevance (apart from as a headline-grabber). Surely it was the kid's boasting at school that was the driver behind the robbery? OK, so he posted pictures on Facebook but I think this would have still happened anyway. If the Facebook posts had been such a heavy influence, I would have expected the intruders to have a better idea of what they were or weren't expecting to find once they'd broken in.

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I agree

Unless he posted his address on Facebook it likely had very little to do with it, if indeed anything at all. His keys were stolen by his class mate because he bragged about his wealth. If he had just posted images of his goodies to Facebook and kept his mouth shut would the robbery have still occurred? I can't help thinking it wouldn't.

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Yet again

Then, of course, there are those of us whose relatives were displaced by recent snowstorms and went to hotels for shelter. To fill the time, they posted their problems on their FB pages.

Makes you proud to have technically adept relatives.

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