UK Teens Using Google Earth To Throw Raucous Pool Parties

    June 19, 2008

Teenagers in the UK are using Google Earth to find homes with swimming pools in their area and then communicating the locations of the pools on Facebook so they can have impromptu pool parties with their friends.

Police said some homeowners are waking up to find teens swimming in their pools and other have arrived home after work to find their pools littered with beer cans.

Those who participate in the "dipping" parties typically wear nice clothes and are instructed to "bring a bike" so they can make a quick getaway.

One group bragged online that it held a pool party on Monday night where 16 people went to two pools. The group posted a specific meeting place for between midnight and 3am and gave out cell phone numbers for the organizers.

Invitations to the pool parties were sent to over 500 members of Facebook Comments left by fans of the group indicate that the trend could be growing and encourage other events.

"One message reads: "You crazy lot and your crazy antiks (sic). Don’t think I can make it but maybe I can do it on my own in London."

A police spokesman said," We are advising owners of swimming pools to be on their guard and extra vigilant," according to the Telegraph. "We would also warn prospective swimmers that using someone else’s pool is trespassing and therefore illegal."