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Google Street View blamed for burglary

A man claims that because Google captured his garage open, the items that could be seen inside enticed burglars to steal them.

In the week in which Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said his company is now "paranoid" about security (not an advert for Chrome at all), a lone milkman in the UK has expressed a paranoia that seems to have been dismissed by the great search engine in the sky (and on the ground).

Gordon Rayner is a 54-year-old man without a mountain bike.

He used to have a mountain bike, but, according to the Telegraph, Rayner says Google's infinitely discreet Street View cameras published a picture of it to the world--which includes the underworld. The cameras happened upon his house, you see, while his garage door was open.

Now where did that Street View chap get his bike? CC Artberri/Flickr

"When you look at the photograph, my face is blacked out, the windows of my house are blacked out but because the garage door was left open, you can clearly see everything in there," he told the Telegraph.

The bike was stolen last month and thieves then made a return visit just to see if there was anything more they could take, but somehow didn't manage to get back into the garage. "It is just an invitation for any criminal to take what they like," Rayner told the Telegraph.

Google reportedly said that there has been no increase in crime since their cameras began to record the world's innards. And one wonders whether criminals really have ceased to skip casing joints and turned to merely smoking them while scanning Street View looking for open garage doors. Somehow, I doubt it.