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google_earth_logo_white.jpgForget belligerent nuke-toters using Google Earth to help plan their strikes, we need to be worried about thieves nicking our fish.

Hull has been hit by a spate of thefts, with hundreds of pounds’ worth of fish and pond equipment nabbed over a three-week period. Humberside Police Community Support Officer Sam Gregory said the evidence indicates that the culprits are using the internet to find targets.

PCSO Gregory said, “Google shows what is in your garden and you can see people’s ponds. One of the properties targeted has an eight foot fence and is set back from the road. The pond is in the corner and can’t be seen. Unless you were standing right next to the wall, you wouldn’t be able to hear the running water.”

A Google spokesperson retorted, “Google Earth is built from information that is available worldwide from a wide range of both commercial and public sources. As such, Google Earth creates no appreciable increase in security risks, given the wide commercial availability of high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery of every country in the world.

“Criminals could use maps, phones and getaway cars but no one would argue that these technologies are responsible for the crime itself, that responsibility lies with the perpetrator.”