How burglars use Twitter and Facebook to target your home

Damian Wilson

Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Four out of five burglars agree, Facebook and Twitter are the best things to happen to their particular line of work in a long time.

That's according to a survey held by security firm Friedland, which interviewed a number of criminals who have been convicted of burglary this year.

One claimed that trawling a potential victim's social media gave valuable insights into recent purchases, holiday plans and a diary of when they intended to be at home or out and about. All this could be used to pick a time and place for a crime.