Burns urges Newry community to be ‘Facebook safe’

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012
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Sinn Fein Councillor Colman Burns has warned people to be extremely careful about how much information they post up on social media sites such as Facebook.

The Slieve Gullion representative said that many people, both young and not so young, are unwittingly posting up personal information about their circumstances that can be very useful to undesirables.

Speaking to Newry Times, Burns stated, “A growing number of people are using social media sites, like Facebook, 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. 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.”

He continued, “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 therefore 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.”

Burns concluded by advising anyone that is going off on holidays or even going away for the day, to take all the necessary security precautions such as asking your neighbours and friends to watch your home and belongings.

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