Hampton Lintorn Catlin


Something that’s been making the rounds today on the internet is PleaseRobMe.com. The basic gist is that when you tweet/foursquare/whatever your current location to the internet, you are putting yourself and your property at risk. Its an attempt to get people to remember that they are giving up a bit of privacy whenever they say where they are. And, they take it even further to say that location data says you aren’t at home and that someone could therefore know to rob you.

I see lots of people following this party line like sheep.

Stop and think about it. First lets get rid of the idea of robbing. Obviously criminals already know that people go to work during the day… so why not rob then? Also, it doesn’t mean you don’t have roommates, children, spouses, babysitters, etc. If someone actually attempted to rob someone based off the information simply that they weren’t home when they checked in last, I believe they would make a poor criminal.

Secondly, I hear this kind of paranoia all the time. This is a gem of a quote from their mission statement: “It gets even worse if you have “friends” who want to colonize your house. That means they have to enter your address, to tell everyone where they are. Your address.. on the internet.. Now you know what to do when people reach for their phone as soon as they enter your home. That’s right, slap them across the face.”

Uhhh… “Your address… on the internet” Have these freaks never heard of a phone book? Here is a list of the addresses of everyone with the last name Catlin in NYC. Its on the Internet already you damn fools!

And who cares anyway? Sure if you are a security guard at a museum, then broadcasting your position every second might be bad. But this is just pure bullshit.

Bullshit. That’s what I said. Its all stupid people who don’t think about a problem enough to realize that there really isn’t a problem there at all.

Finally, if that site is a joke. Then why do all the comments on Techcrunch agree with the site’s manifesto?

Get over it people.

I live at 150 Hills Road, Cambridge, UK. CB2 8PB. And here is a picture of my flat.

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Life filled with possible threats. Someone could stalk me. But all I did here is make it slightly easier for them. Now they don’t have to look it up in the phone book. If someone is going to harass you, they are going to do it anyway. If someone robs me or makes a threat, its still the same thing (I call the cops).

I’m not afraid of you knowing where I am. I’m not willing to live my life in fear that someone can go psycho. Sure, they might. But I’m not going to cower because of it. This is my home and now you know where it is.

Our information is already out there. Its been out there since at least the 1920’s in one way or another. And its really not that valuable.

Driving down a street and looking at homes is a much, much better way to rob someone.


Feb 18, 2010
Steven Bristol said...
Robbing is not what you should be afraid of, squatting is. When you get back from Spain you'll find a broken door, all your food "stolen" and me sleeping in your bed!
Feb 18, 2010
Konstantin Haase said...
Nice flat, btw.
Sep 10, 2010
Pete Forde said...
This made me LOL: http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/10/facebook-places-please-rob-me/
Dec 15, 2010
Mike Bethany said...
What's always confused me is why they blur license plates on TV. I guess it must be really dangerous to let people who are nowhere near you see your plate. It's a good thing the people driving right next to me can't see it either... safety first!