Suspected Motorcycle Thieves Arrested After Bragging About Theft on Social Media
If you are a motorcycle owner and rider, you know that having your motorcycle stolen can be extremely aggravating. Not only is it a financial loss, but also a serious personal violation, which can be traumatic. According to a report in VisorDown, police in Bristol, England, busted three suspected motorcycle thieves after monitoring social media posts where they bragged about the thefts and showed off photographs of the stolen cycles.
Lengthy Social Media Surveillance
Officials said the arrests came after several months of social media surveillance where police saw that the teens were posting images of the stolen motorcycles and bragging about their exploits, in this case, criminal behavior. Police said the motorcycling community in the region found these social media accounts not just frustrating, but also insulting to them.
Officials said they are glad their surveillance work has paid off and that the suspected thieves were finally apprehended. They hope to send out a strong message to others like these teens who brazenly brag about their criminal behavior online, saying that they won’t get away with it. Our California motorcycle accident attorneys are pleased that hard police work paid off in this case and hope that the suspects will be brought to justice.
The Power of Social Media
We all know that social media can be a double-edged sword. Where police in this case used social media to track these alleged criminals, it could also be used by insurance companies to sabotage your motorcycle accident claim. Insurance companies now routinely look at individuals’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for evidence to show that they were not seriously injured in an accident and use it as a way to not pay them fair compensation.
For example, if you file a motorcycle accident claim stating that you suffered a leg injury that prevented you from involving yourself in routine activities like walking, but post a photo of you skiing, that could prove damaging to your case. Insurance companies could even manipulate old photos of you being involved in activities to present evidence that you don’t deserve compensation.
What Steps Can You Take?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and have filed an injury claim seeking compensation, it would be in your best interest to shut down your social media accounts until your case has been resolved. Do not post any content – be it posts, comments, photos or videos – whether or not it is related to your accident or injury. As we mentioned earlier, anything you post could be taken out of context by insurance companies that always try to minimize claims. If any friends have tagged you on Facebook, untag yourself. Turn off the GPS features on your phone apps. This will help ensure that your locations and activities are not obvious. Do not respond if you receive a friend request from an unknown person. Do not reply to any emails that request personal information from you.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and have questions about how to proceed with a personal injury claim, call our motorcycle accident lawyers to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights. We can help you secure maximum compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.