|Tue, December 29, 2009 at 10:39 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Earlier this month, burglars hit the Los Angeles home of Nicky Hilton. When sister Paris heard about it, she posted this on Twitter:
"It's unbelievable how my sister called the cops over an hour ago and they still haven't shown up. Her house just got robbed, so messed up."
Oddly enough, Twitter might have been an unwitting accomplice, if not in this particular heist, then possibly in others. It's difficult to say for sure how thieves get their information before they locate a property, invade it and empty it.
But in recent months the Los Angeles Police Department broke up a ring of young crooks who allegedly targeted the abodes of such stars as Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson and Paris Hilton and pilfered an estimated $3 million in jewelry and clothes. In the Internet age, the comings and goings of Hollywood celebrities are often as available as weather reports or sports scores.
And it isn't just burglary that results from such electronic reservoirs of information. Stalkers can locate targets as well. Paparazzi can zero in on stars.
It all adds up to massive headaches for the folks in the security industry who are hired and entrusted to keep celebrities away from intruders.
"It's because of the instant gratification factor," said Bill Mancini, who has worked at the State Department and the White House and now runs his own security firm in Los Angeles. "People, including high-profile corporate heads, they like to Tweet to be closer to business contacts and fan bases. But they might Tweet about being at a restaurant or at Peet's coffee and in a few minutes the paparazzi will be around."
The obvious answer for celebrities who don't want their whereabouts to be known, or don't want the locations of their homes to be disclosed, is to not disclose such information on any device connected to the Internet. But it isn't always that simple, said Mancini. Stars, especially...More Celebs & Security
|Tue, September 08, 2009 at 10:19 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
"I'm sorry Mr. West! I'm sorry Mr. West!" Side note: Amber Rose is looking damn good.