Gardaí warn about sharing holiday details on social media over burglary threat

Gardaí warn about sharing holiday details on social media over burglary threat

GARDAÍ are warning people to stop advertising their holidays on social media as it is leading to an increased number of burglaries in Cork.

Community Policing officer Owen O’Mahony said social media posts, such as pictures and status updates from abroad, can increase the risk of burglaries because you are letting everyone know you will not be at home.

"Be mindful of what you post when you are going on holidays," he said.

"If you are going away for two weeks, don't give that information to the general public that your house is going to be vacant." 

Garda O’Mahony encouraged people to be more careful with social media and to think twice about that holiday snap.

The warning comes just days before one of the busiest weekends for travel in the entire summer with as many as 40,000 people set to use Cork Airport over the bank holiday weekend.

He said, "Just be mindful in terms of when you are travelling because you are making everyone aware that your house is going to be vacant.

"If it is generally known in an area, that an individual is not going to be in their house, there is an increased chance that house could be targeted.

"You need to be more mindful that what you post is giving someone information."

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