Burglary-prone villagers chase Google Street View car out of town

As web innovations go, Google Maps' "Street View" function is pretty fantastic. In cities within nine countries, including our own, you can pull up an image of major street addresses to see what they look like from the street. You can even surf along from image to image, as if you're driving past. Plug in an address and then pick "street view" from under the thumbnail image that springs up.

It's a great way to find something you're going to be seeking later on. Like a restaurant, a friend's house ... or a place to rob. That last advantage of Street View is why people in Broughton, a village in England that has suffered three burglaries in the past six weeks, stood in the street and blocked the way when they saw the Google cameras coming. They wanted to protect their stuff.