Protect your home and property this Christmas

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Monday, December 21st, 2015
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In the run up to Christmas police in Newry, Mourne and Down, in partnership with the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), are encouraging people to be more aware of opportunistic criminals while shopping for gifts. burglary3The key message, ‘while you’re out shopping, so are they!’ is a reminder to everyone about the importance of locking all doors and windows when you’re not at home. For convenience a majority of people will also be shopping online and it is equally important to protect ourselves from online scams and fraud during this period. Speaking about the campaign Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down PCSP, Mickey Larkin 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. Supporting the campaign with local initiatives the PCSP and Local Policing Teams will be out and about raising awareness amongst shoppers on how to keep safe during the festive season. “Simple things like not leaving presents on display will help to reduce your chance of becoming a victim of burglary. Many people will also be going online to order gifts for family and friends and it is vital that you are aware of the types and dangers of cybercrime when internet shopping,” he added.

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