‘Be Facebook safe’ warning
People in Derry need to be extremely careful about the type of information they post on social media websites such as Facebook.
This is the view of local Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue who says many people are unwittingly posting personal information about their circumstances which, she believes, can be “very useful to undesirables”.
“A growing number of people are using social media sites to have conversations with their friends or to post photographs of their holidays or just to say what they are doing at any time of the day,” she said.
“This is all very harmless and is a great way for people to keep in contact. Unfortunately, like everything else, there are those who use this information for negative purposes.
“Revealing that you are currently on holiday or that you are presently in Dublin for a concert, for example, can be a signal to others that your house is unoccupied. This can leave you in a very vulnerable position.
“If people want to post their holiday photos on social media sites, I would strongly advise that they delay doing this until they get home.
“This way, you are not revealing your current whereabouts and leaving it that bit easier for the anti-social elements in our midst.”
Councillor Logue says anyone heading off on holiday - or even going away for the day - should take all necessary security precautions such as asking neighbours and friends to watch their home and belongings.
Police, meanwhile, say homeowners should follow basic crime prevention advice - including being careful about the type of information they post on social media sites.
Foyle Area Commander Chief Inspector Garry Eaton is urging local residents to be more vigilant.
“Do not entice thieves on to your property.
“Think about what information you are posting on social media websites that makes it easy for criminals to target your home. Prevent crime from happening by taking simple steps to make your homes secure.
“Always lock windows and doors to your home and vehicles. Lock garages and sheds and do not leave garden or sports equipment lying around.
“Do not make your home an easy target for criminals. I would also ask anyone who notices suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to call us immediately.
“This could prevent someone from becoming a victim of crime. Please protect your homes.”
Further practical crime prevention advice is available from your local Crime Prevention Officer on 0845 600 8000.
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