Safe Shopping this Christmas

Keep safe this Christmas

Published: 15th December 2015

In the run up to Christmas Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are encouraging people to be more aware of opportunistic criminals while shopping for gifts.

The key message ‘While you’re out shopping, so are they!’ is a reminder to every one of the importance of locking all doors and windows when not in the house. For convenience people will also be shopping online and they are reminded to protect themselves from online scams and fraud during this period.

Speaking about the campaign, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP, Councillor Sorcha McAnespy, said:

“Unfortunately this time of year in particular provides opportunities for criminals to take advantage of the good will of others. That makes it even more important for all of us to be aware of what we can do to protect ourselves and our families from becoming victims of crime. Simple things, like not leaving presents on display will help in preventing a burglary.

Many of us will be going online to order gifts for family and friends and we also need to be aware of the types and dangers of cybercrime when internet shopping.

We would like this Christmas to be a memorable one for all the right reasons and encourage people to heed the crime prevention advice on offer.”

Speaking about the campaign Supt. Derek Scott, District Commander of Fermanagh and Omagh said:
“We want you all to stay safe this Christmas and protect your property whether you are out and about or staying at home.

There are simple steps you can take like locking your windows and doors, removing your valuables from sight – both at home and in your vehicle – and, most importantly of all, remaining vigilant to suspicious activity and reporting it to us straight away on 101.

I would also ask you to keep an eye on the more vulnerable in your community and ensure that they also have a safe and happy Christmas.”

Find out more by calling the police and asking for your Crime Prevention Officer / Local Policing Team or contact Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP on 0300 303 1777.

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