Posted on 5th December 2017
Our officers in Buxton are stepping out in a festive campaign to wrap up crime in the run up to Christmas.
A mixture of high profile and plain clothes patrols are being carried out around busy shopping centres and supermarkets to help target shoplifting and prevent purse thefts on the run up to Christmas.
The Safer Neighbourhood policing team is also working alongside stores and businesses to take appropriate action against individuals involved with retail related crime.
As part of the campaign, we are also offering advice to residents on how to stay safe and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime at this time of year.
Sgt. Denis Murphy, of the High Peak area Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, said: “Unfortunately, the season of peace and good will doesn’t quite extend to us all and we often find there will be individuals using the crowds as cover to steal from shops and unwary shoppers. These are the people whose activities we are seeking to disrupt and will be taking determined action against.
“It’s easy to forget about your personal security whilst hunting for bargains but I would urge everyone doing their Christmas shopping to be vigilant and to take some simple security steps to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime.”
Here are our top tips for staying safe during the busy Christmas shopping period:
- Keep mobile phones or wallets inside a secure bag worn across the body or an inside pocket with a zip instead of easy to reach back pockets. Also, secure your purse to your handbag with a purse chain to help prevent it being stolen by thieves;
- Be aware of people distracting you with tricks and tales such as two people seeking directions, drawing your attention to something, bumping into you or possibly “shoulder-surfing” when you are making payment using a chip and pin machine;
- If you return to your car with items you have bought but intend to continue shopping, please put the goods out of sight, preferably in the boot. Is anyone watching whilst you do this?
- Shopping online this Christmas? To help you to keep your details safe from cybercriminals, ensure that your virus protection is up to date and only purchase goods from reputable websites. Using a system such as PayPal, rather than entering your card details, is also a more secure way of making payments online;
- Don’t leave presents on view at home – opportunist thieves will see it as a gift for them. Keep larger and valuable items under secure lock and key;
- Second-hand goods can sometimes seem a bargain but please remember that if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
- Register valuable gifts such as mobile phones, tablets, other electrical items, bicycles and even jewellery for free at www.immobilise.com, the national police approved property register. It can improve your chances of having your items returned to you should they be lost or stolen.
Sgt. Murphy added: “Buxton’s a great place to do your shopping, especially over the festive season. We want people to remember a happy experience – not becoming a victim of crime.
“Please take care to help us keep our town safe, and enjoy a happy Christmas.”
To contact the Buxton Town Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101 or send them a message online through the ‘My Local Police’ pages of the website, www.derbyshire.police.uk.
You can also follow the team on Twitter: @BuxtonTownSNT