Reports indicate that the reported attacks took place over several months in the cities of Plano, Coppell and Corinth. Police, meantime, did provide the media with a video they say shows the suspect, thought to be in his late 30s to mid-40s and on the heavy side, they believe responsible for each of the assaults.
What makes the case more interesting is that the four victims have been out of college for decades now, and were all members of the same sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.
One police spokesperson noted that the suspect reportedly knew personal details about each of his victims; victims’ police say did not know their attacker.
One of the police theories is that the suspect may have learned some personal information about each of the women by tracking their moves on different social media sites and/or online directories.
Authorities have been telling sorority alumnae to be careful with providing any personal details online such as their locations and/or plans.
The attacks have had a pattern besides the sorority connection, with all having taken place between 9:15 p.m. and 4 a.m. when each of the victims was home alone and likely asleep.
So, if personal online information was gained by the suspect, how many more women in the greater Dallas area could be at risk? While police did not have a suspect in custody as of Oct. 26, sorority members and any other females for that matter would be wise to take caution when using online tools to discuss matters amongst friends, family and co-workers.
When using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, women especially should avoid:
- Giving out personal information where they are going, especially if it is alone;
- Noting that their significant others and/or families are away for any period of time;
- Providing personal details on where they live, contact information;
- Offering information about where they work, go to school and so on.
While this may seem like a no-brainer situation, stop and think about when people post their contact information online, especially on their personal Web sites. Oftentimes, the person will forget to remove a home address and/or telephone, making it all that much easier for some intending to do them harm have access to detailed information.
While police in Texas look for the suspect terrorizing members of one sorority, women in general are best served by using online Web sites and social media tools with caution.
That does not mean avoid them; just think before you tweet, share and so on.
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