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27/09/2021

Police issue warning linking Derry burglaries to social media posts about being away on holiday

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Foyle PSNI have issued a warning for summer on their Facebook page linking burglaries while people are on holidays to social media users sharing too much information about when their houses will be empty. The Facebook post reads: 'The summer holidays are fast approaching and no doubt a lot of folk are looking forward to their well deserved family holiday. Here’s a timely reminder when making your plans. 'Northern Call Management Centre has received a number of reports over the past couple of weeks re burglaries, the reporting persons having just returned from holiday. 'Just imagine it, returning from holiday to find your house has been broken into and somebody has taken the time to enter every room, search through every cupboard and leave the place completely ransacked. 'It’s certainly a real spoiler but one that you can take steps to reduce. 'First and foremost ‘DON’T POST ON FACEBOOK OR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA’ either before you head off or while you’re away. It’s very tempting to make those left behind envious with your first pic sitting at the the airport or by the pool with a nice cool drink. Normally that means you’re away a minimum 2/3 days. 'Your account can be accessed in so many ways, privacy settings not set right, friends (How many can you vouch for) and friends of friends. 'Good neighbours - we all need them. Let them know you are away, leave contact numbers for keyholders and family and let your local police station know. Report suspicious persons/vehicles on 101. 'Ensure windows and doors are locked and if you have an alarm that it’s properly set. 'CCTV can be a deterrent. There are plenty on the market that will automatically link to your smart phone. 'We want you to enjoy your holiday and come back to everything the way you left it, then make everyone envious with your holiday pics.'

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