Monday 11 December 2017

TD Danny Healy-Rae warns against the danger of posting holiday snaps on Facebook

New TD Danny Healy-Rae Picture: Tom Burke
New TD Danny Healy-Rae Picture: Tom Burke
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae has warned against the danger of posting holiday snaps on Facebook saying people become "sitting targets" for burglars.

He said that family homes could be "riddled" by criminals alerted to the homeowners' absence by posts on social media.

Mr Healy-Rae said people used to be "cute" in not widely sharing when they are away from home.

He said that now "everyone says they're going to Dublin tomorrow" or are "on holidays in Spain sending back pictures" using Facebook.

He added: "Their home could be riddled and they come back and wonder what happened".

"I don't use Facebook. I'm not really into that," Mr Healy-Rae said but added: "I think this contributes to burglaries".

He said that people should be given advice on their Facebook use to help prevent such crimes.

Mr Healy-Rae was speaking as senior gardaí appeared at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Inspector Niall Featherstone thanked Mr Healy-Rae for raising the issue, saying gardaí are "very cognisant" of the risks of people advertising their absence from home on social media.

He said gardaí have previously run a campaign to warn people of the dangers and have raised the issue on Crimecall but said it might be "timely" to run another public awareness campaign.

He said that anecdotally gardaí are aware of criminals using social media to target homes for burglaries and that people need to be "cuter and more clever" about their use of such sites.

TDs are this evening hearing the views of a range of agencies on the topic of “What it takes to sustain a viable rural community”.

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