(動名詞/現在分詞) 線上勘查準備行竊的場所或住宅:利用線上與場所相關的資料和服務來確定某場所或住家何時沒有人在,以便闖空門行竊。這個字是由 cyber- (網路;電腦) 和 casing (為行竊而事先勘查、偵察) 拼綴而成。
cybercase (動詞):線上勘查準備行竊的場所或住宅。

雖然 case 一般都當名詞用,但亦可當動詞用,是個俚語,意為「(行竊前) 預先勘查 (準備作案的場所或住家的地形和佈局)」,如 The thief was casing the joint. (這個竊賊在勘查準備作案的場所)。當動詞用的 case 已在英語中存在近 100 年,最早的引句出現在 1915 年。

是故,在您外出或出國度假期間,最好別將旅遊照片 PO 在照片分享網站上或在推特 (Twitter) 或臉書 (Facebook) 上 PO 文,因為這無異告訴精通電腦和網路的竊賊「我家現在沒有人」。專家建議,無論是 PO 照片或PO 文,都等度假回來後再做。

Data stored in digital photographs can help criminals locate individuals and plot real-world crimes, a practice two researchers called "cybercasing" in a recently published paper. The site was one of the first to expose the problem by displaying tweets tagged with location information, although it has since stopped the practice.
—Niraj Chokshi, "How Tech-Savvy Thieves Could 'Cybercase' Your House," The Atlantic, July 22, 2010

But may we offer, perhaps, a simple fix to address some of these concerns: don't post your vacation photos until after you return home and don't Twitter about it while there. Simple steps like these could go a long way into protecting your home and valuables from being "cybercased" by any tech-savvy thieves.
—Sarah Perez, "Researchers Warn of Geotagging Dangers - Are You Concerned?," ReadWriteWeb, July 22, 2010



17世紀的罪犯綁架或誘拐小孩到美國農場和農園擔任僕役或苦力。這就是 kidnapping 這個字的起源,其中 kid 當時是個俚語,意為「小孩」(child),而 napping 意為「偷」(stealing) -- napping 是 nab (偷竊,盜竊) 的相關字。kidnapping 的後遺症歷久不衰,napping 的觀念一直流傳下來,這期間出現不少以 napping 所構成的字,最有名的是 dognapping (偷狗 -- 為取得贖金或轉售給實驗室所進行的偷竊狗隻行為)。

時序推移至2009年4月初,一種新的 napping 型態翩然出現,原因是法國公司的員工為抗議大量裁員而孤注一擲地強行監禁他們的外籍老闆、主管或上司。在這些 bossnapping (挾持或監禁老闆、主管或上司) 的事件中,3M法國公司的負責人被囚禁兩天兩夜,索尼 (Sony) 法國公司的執行長被監禁一個晚上,英國膠帶製造商「司卡帕」(Scapa) 公司的三名高階主管被堵在辦公室內動彈不得,而全球最大礦業與營建設備製造廠美國的「卡特彼勒」(Caterpillar) 公司的四名高階主管則遭到挾持。

這種作法在法國可謂歷史悠久,是員工尋求與老闆談判的一種手段。法國人稱之為 sequestration (隔離),但英語國家則以 bossnapping 稱之。自此之後,bossnapping 這個新字新詞立即快速蔓延,隨處可見,並幾乎同時出現它的變體,如動詞 bossnap (挾持或監禁老闆、主管或上司),名詞 bossnapper ( (挾持或監禁老闆、主管或上司的人) 和形容詞 bossnapped ([老闆、主管或上司] 被挾持或監禁的) -- 顯示這個字被接受的程度很高。

Bossnapping is not new in France but the growing number of corporate restructurings and rising unemployment have fuelled growing militancy in labour protests. A poll this week showed almost half of those interviewed believed that actions such as bossnapping were acceptable. [金融時報 (Financial Times),8 Apr. 2009]

Bossnappers struck again in France today as four executives of Caterpillar, the heavy equipment manufacturer, were detained by their employees in a protest over redundancy plans. [泰晤士報 (The Times),31 Mar. 2009]