Rich and famous tweeters could be advertising themselves to criminals by splashing details of their lives on Twitter, according to senior police officers.
Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, spokesman on burglary for the Association of Chief Police Officers, warned that people who provide regular updates on their whereabouts could become potential targets of theft.
It follows claims that criminals are closely monitoring social network sites for clues as to when people may be out of their homes, reducing the risk of getting caught.
This follows a raid on the home of Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan shortly after she tweeted a message indicating that she was at home alone. Three armed men swooped on her home within hours, making off jewelry and other valuables.
Morgan said: “Social networking has become a part of everyday life.
"Unfortunately there are some individuals who use it as a means of gathering information to commit crime.
"Users of social networking sites need to be aware of this and use caution when telling people where they are, or posting messages about valuables on their possession or in their homes.
"Simple precautions can avoid putting yourself and your home at risk."