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Facebook Status Stops Robbery in Progress

Facebook Status Update Helps Stop Robbery in Progress

Crime in the age of Facebook is a little bit different. Because of the ability to connect and disclose your location so quickly, it has its problems (like becoming an accidental target) and advantages — remember the status update that proved a teen's innocence?

Now, a new report from Georgia details how one college student was able to call for help via Facebook. When intruders entered the home he shared with his grandmother and younger sister, the intrepid Facebook user ran to the attic undetected with his laptop, and posted "HELLLLLP" as his Facebook status. Concerned friends called police, and responded to the burglary, stopping it in the process.

Score one for constant communication! Check out a video report of the attempted robbery after the break.

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falnfenix falnfenix 5 years
<i>He's still only 18...legally an "adult", yes, but still a kid who probably doesn't know the first thing about using weapons or approaching a potentially armed robber (which most college students probably do not).</i>this is a failing on the part of the parents. teach your kids to defend themselves well before something happens. he got lucky...this time. should it happen again, what should he do? rely on his friends to take care of him again? call the police? when seconds count, the police are minutes away.
falnfenix falnfenix 5 years
He's still only 18...legally an "adult", yes, but still a kid who probably doesn't know the first thing about using weapons or approaching a potentially armed robber (which most college students probably do not). this is a failing on the part of the parents. teach your kids to defend themselves well before something happens. he got lucky...this time. should it happen again, what should he do? rely on his friends to take care of him again? call the police? when seconds count, the police are minutes away.
Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 5 years
@Falnfenix Not everyone is comfortable owning or using a shotgun (nor should they have to). He's still only 18...legally an "adult", yes, but still a kid who probably doesn't know the first thing about using weapons or approaching a potentially armed robber (which most college students probably do not). I feel like he did the best thing he could do in that situation, though it might have been better to instant message his friends who happened to be on facebook at the time, which would guarantee a quicker response.
falnfenix falnfenix 5 years
that's great, but what happens if no one happens to see the update? properly armed, he'd have been able to protect his family...and at 18, he's legally able to own a shotgun.
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