|Published:||Jun 19, 2010 3:53 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 18, 2010 11:43 PM EDT|
COLLIER SHERIFF'S OFFICE, Fla. - The Collier County Sheriff's Office wants to know if you've been on a cruise lately.
A husband and wife duo caught burglarizing homes in Palm Beach County may have even hit up our coast. The common link of all of the victims, they went on a Royal Caribbean Cruise.
The wife worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines on the east coast as a vacation planner. She used the company's database to find out who was cruising and when. Then, she and her husband would go hit up the empty houses. They are linked to at least 24 robberies.
Travel agents say how you book, and what you do to prepare for a trip could make you a sitting duck.
"I think that we'll definitely be contacting them and asking them how they're handling it," Karen Pickrum says.
Her employer, the Betty Maclean Travel Group, will certainly be taking some of their questions about security to the cruise line.
However, Pickrum says cruise agents stealing information is most likely an isolated incident.
"When you consider the hundreds of thousands of people that cruise every year, this is not something that commonly occurs."
But, it's not only cruise agents that know when you're on vacation.
"It could be your pet sitter, it could be the newspaper, it could happen with anyone," Pickrum explains.
She says calling your newspaper to tell them to hold the paper while you're gone opens you up in the same way.
"Always be aware when you're discussing your personal details, where that's going."
The sheriff's office want to make sure Collier residents weren't a victim of these crooks. They want you to contact them if you left on a Royal Caribbean Cruise between November 2009 and June 2010 and your house was broken into.
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