The Garda’s National Crime Prevention Unit have launched an appeal to the public, urging people to think about what they're posting on social media. They revealed that burglars are searching social media accounts for ideal times to strike your vacant home. They advise against posting:
- When you're going on holiday / airport check-ins
- Pictures of expensive gifts
- Posting about the death of a loved one
With Christmas just around the corner (sorry, but it's true), the Gardaí recommend not posting your expensive presents online. During the holiday season, you and your family are often going from house to house, leaving many of your gifts at home. If you've posted a new state of the art tv, games console, or jewelry, someone may be watching your home, waiting for you to leave and seizing their moment.
Although, that one is more seasonal, you still need to more cautious year round. Many of us love to tell everyone that we're travelling, with airport check-ins, but you are also telling the world that you won't be home for a few days/weeks.
Also, sadly they disclosed that some thieves scan Facebook and Twitter for death posts, then research the funeral times online, pouncing on the home's contents, knowing that nobody will be home.
Sgt Kelvin Courtney of the Garda National Crime Prevention Unit told the The Irish Times said social media is a growing problem.
“People need to realise that whatever they are putting up online; they may as well write it on a piece of paper and stick it to the front of their house.”