Warning not to put holiday snaps on social media to help stop burglaries
Gardai have warned homeowners not to post holiday snaps on their social media accounts while away to prevent their property being burgled.
Last summer more than €6m of goods and cash were stolen during residential burglaries, while there was also a sharp increase in sheds being raided. As part of an EU focus day to prevent burglaries over the coming months, gardaí have issued advice on home security.
This includes advising people not to post status updates while on their summer holidays, which they say could be shared with "unscrupulous people".
Gardaí have also advised the public not to post pictures while they are still away, to avoid posting upcoming travel plans and to respect other people's privacy by not tagging them in holiday posts while away.
Last summer, property and cash worth €6.4m were stolen in residential burglaries with a 32pc increase in sheds being broken into.
Half of all burglaries were carried out between midnight and 8am, while one in four burglars gained access to a home through an unsecured door or window.
Sgt Graham Kavanagh, a crime prevention officer, appealed for homeowners to secure their property in the summer months as thefts of bikes and tools increase.
"An Garda Síochána are happy to support this European burglary prevention initiative. Whilst burglary rates have been falling, particularly in winter months, we cannot be complacent," Sgt Kavanagh said.
"I would advise home owners to secure their properties during the summer months, where one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window."