By Staff writer
Robbery follows warning from Dubai Police against posting too much information on social media
American rapper Big Sean reportedly had his Los Angeles home burgled while he was performing in the UAE during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix, just days after Dubai Police urged members of the public to refrain from posting detailed accounts of their lives on social media as it makes it easier for criminals to target them.
TMZ reported at the weekend intruders stole about $150,000 worth of jewellery and the rapper's unpublished music.
Sources told the website they believe it may have been an 'inside job' and the thieves knew the rapper would be out of the country at the time.
The 27-year-old posted on social media he was in Abu Dhabi with his family to watch his friend Lewis Hamilton win the world championships. He also performed at an afterparty in the UAE capital and later holidayed in Dubai.
Last month, the head of forensics at Dubai Police has urged members of the public to refrain from posting detailed accounts of their lives on social media as it makes it easier for criminals to target them.
Colonel Ahmed Al Muhairi, head of the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology at Dubai Police, told the Emirates247 website that criminals can use social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to monitor people’s lives and identify easy targets.
He was quoted as saying: “Today, most people post their daily activities on social media. They post where they have breakfast, which clubs they go to, where they live, what jewellery or other expensive things they buy.
“Not only this, the problem is that some parents post pictures of their children, and also the school they go to, their class teachers and friends, as well as all the activities which their kids do after school and on weekly basis.”
“Problem is on social media you don’t know who is monitoring your life, and who might take advantage of that information and harm you or your families.”
He told the website the public should be vigilant and keep certain information concealed from strangers.
“One should keep his life private and especially parents, should not post their kids’ personal details or information about their schools and activities after school to avoid being targeted by suspected criminals,” Al Muhairi said.