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Police issue Christmas shopping alert

Christmas Presents
Police say shoppers should not leave presents on show in parked cars
Shoppers are being warned to avoid seemingly cheap Christmas presents, because they might be being offered stolen goods.

Police have issued a two-prong alert to try to help people avoid being the target of thieves.

“If you are offered items for sale by somebody in the street, or at your door, and the price seems too good to be true, the chances are the goods could be stolen,” a police spokesperson said.

Officers say thieves are extremely active at this time of the year, and they are aware that people are so absorbed in their Christmas shopping that they often offer opportunities for theft.

“It’s all too easy to become wrapped up in the Christmas festivities, and sometimes basic crime prevention measures are forgotten. Christmas is traditionally a time when crime rises and people need to take extra care,” the police spokesperson added.

Police also urge caution when shoppers are putting their Christmas shopping in the car. They say bags of presents are often taken back to the car to save shoppers carrying them around.

Sometimes they are left on the back seat in full view of passers-by. Police say thieves are looking out for such opportunities.

The advice is to avoid leaving shopping in the car, but if you are going to store bags while you continue shopping, ensure you keep them out of sight by locking them in the boot, check no-one is watching you, and set the alarm.

Police say that if you see a crime being committed, or see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, dial 999 immediately. You can help police by getting a good description of the person and by noting the registration number of any suspicious vehicles.

You can discuss the issue of crime this site’s forum.

11 December 2003

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