Robbers used Tracking Device to Locate Victim Facebook Warning - Facebook Rumour

11 Dec 2012 - Article No: 1646. Filed under: Facebook Scams | Facebook Rumour

The above image is circulating that warns of an apparent crime occuring in Australia where burglars are fixing tracking devices to the cars of their victims and using them to locate the victims house and then proceed to rob them.
The image above claims to be a warning from NSW Police Commissioner Andrew P. Scipione and describes such an incident.

This another classic case of an alarmist warning circulating that describes a type of crime that could possibly happen, somewhere, at some time, but probably has never happened nor ever will.

Another recent "warning" describes an equally dubious and unfounded apparent crime about robbers sticking paper to the rear windows of potential car jacking victims.

What we do know is that we were unable to find any media or police reports describing such a crime, not in Australia or anywhere else. The NSW Police website - where this warning apparently originated - fails to mention anything about such a crime nor could we find any online sources to backup the claim that this warning came from Police Commissioner Scipione.

In fact the NSW Police force posted this onto their Facebook page dispelling the image -

A number of people have asked us about this letter which is circulating on the internet, purportedly written by Commissioner Andrew Scipione. This letter is a hoax and was not written by the Commissioner. It was falsely published under his name to create fear in the community. While people should always be mindful of their personal safety, we can assure everyone that the story is a fabrication. In addition, the signature at the bottom is not the Commissioners. Please share this message with your friends.

The assertion that robbers are using tracking devices to locate victims is a rather far-fetched tactic that certainly - on face value - does not seem realistic. It appears to be an illogical method of choosing and tracking potential victims to say the least, and does not really make a great deal of sense.

Even if there has been, at some point in time, as some location across the globe, an incident that has occured that matches the description in the message, this is not a prolific crime, and the information in the message is still false.

The message is totally unfounded and fails to provide any evidence or sources confirming that it is true and thus should not be circulated. Spreading this type of false warning is counterproductive - it wastes the time of people who spread it, receive it and more importantly it wastes the time of law enforcement officials who are persistently asked if it is true.

Do not circulate.

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