It follows a motion by the Independent councillor for Killarney, Danny Healy-Rae, who told a Kerry County Council meeting he wished to highlight the “careless use” of Facebook, which he said was assisting burglars and, equally, undermining the prospects of employees.
“People are going abroad, togged out over on the strand and sending pictures home that they are in such and such a place.The burglar then knows their house is empty,” he said.
“They might be from Kilcummin near Killarney and then they have ‘We’re in Puck’ so everyone knows they are not at home.”
Facebook had its uses, but people should return to being more cautious about revealing personal information, the councillor said.
“People are gone stone mad — they are almost at the stage now when they are putting up we are going to the toilet now.”
The Kilgarvan native said that his advice to young people particularly, but to older people also, was to be more private and return to more traditional behaviour.
“People long ago wouldn’t tell you if they were going to the village,” said Mr Healy-Rae.
Some locals in Kilgarvan were astonished with how much personal information was being revealed and in the wider Kilgarvan area Facebook was nicknamed “puss book” because everyone’s puss (face) was up on it, the councillor said.
People should be “more private” with their affairs, he urged.
Employers were looking at social media also and people who might have let their hair down only once were posting nights out on Facebook and this was accessed by prospective employers.
Meanwhile, gardaí in Kerry believe that Facebook and other social media sites are being accessed by burglars as part of their research which houses to target.
New figures from gardaí in Killarney reveal a peak in burglaries in the summer months in South Kerry when, according to gardaí, it is easier for burglars to mingle with the crowds and not be spotted.
Some 22 properties, mostly houses, were broken into and robbed in the area in the period between August 23 to October 23 — which equates to more than two break-ins a week.
Sgt John O’Gorman of Killarney gardaí said additional anti-crime units were being deployed over the Christmas and new year holiday period in Kerry. These would involve plainclothes as well as uniformed gardaí and checkpoints.