Watch out there's a thief about!
Unfortunately the Festive Season is a time when criminals think up various ways to either steal from or cheat/scam members of the pubic. Below are just a few.
Thefts from Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, Shops, Coffee Shops
Criminals working inside restaurants pubs and bars will target a jacket or a
handbag hung on the back of a chair, or mobile phones placed on tables. They
will also look to steal handbags and lap tops left on the floor by your feet while
you enjoy a seasonal drink or meal with friends.
Banks, Post Offices, Cash Machines
When visiting banks, post offices and cash machines to withdraw monies for
seasonal spending, please make sure you are not being watched and targeted.
Never carry cash and credit cards all in the one place like a purse or a wallet.
Place your cash/credit cards around your person so as not to make it easy for
Pickpockets, Bag Snatchers & Distraction Robberies
Pickpockets and bag snatchers working alone or in teams operate in crowded
places. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially in busy places like
shops and/or queuing for, or traveling on, crowded buses or trains.
Bogus Christmas Charities, Bogus Energy Callers
Beware of any cold caller who may visit your home asking for a donation to
an unknown and possibly bogus Christmas Charity. Please try to ensure before
donating money to charity that your money is going to a legitimate cause and not
into the pockets of a criminal organization.
Christmas Wreaths (Attached to Front Doors)
To try and avoid your Christmas
Wreath ‘disappearing’ overnight, please attach it securely to your front door.
E-mail and Internet Crime
Beware of unsolicited e-mails and scam web sites offering expensive goods at
unbelievable prices. What may seem a terrific bargain could be a criminal’s way
of obtaining your credit/debit card details?
Beware of anyone approaching you in the street and/or anyone who sets up
an illegal street pitch claiming that they are selling top quality electronic goods,
after shave/perfumes or similar at remarkable knocked down prices. And don’t
be taken in by anyone seen happily purchasing these items as they are part of
the scam. Should you be taken in, you would either be purchasing poorly made
imitations, or a neatly wrapped box of totally worthless items. And you can be
certain that should you return to complain about your purchase, the traders would
be long gone.
Watch out for people edging their way close to you, or who bump into
you ‘accidently’. Normally working in teams and sometimes using young children
as cover, distraction thieves will target their victim when they see that a hand
bag, purse, wallet, or mobile phone has been conveniently placed near the top
of a shopping trolley/basket. An accidental knock followed by what appears to
be a genuine apology causes momentary confusion. The thieves would have
disappeared before the victim realizes that they have been robbed.
Please ensure that all windows and doors are closed and secured if you are
going out for the evening or coming home late at night. Leave a light on when
the house is going to be empty during the evening/night. If you are going away
for the Festive Period, purchase timer switches that turn lights on and off at
set intervals during the evening. Do not leave gifts inside the home on view to
people walking past, and after Christmas do not advertise what could be found
inside your home by leaving attractive cardboard packaging on full view in green
recycling bins. After the festive season, gift packaging should be turned inside
out before placing in green recycling bins, or taken as soon as possible to the
local cardboard recycling centre.
Home and Vehicle Crime
To avoid fishing burglaries where burglars use long rods pushed through
letter boxes to reach inside homes, do not leave car or house keys overnight
on furniture conveniently positioned close to front doors. Never leave gifts
unattended inside motor vehicles even if they are not on view of passers by.
Advise any visitors to your home during the Festive Season not to leave anything
of value like a Sat. Nav. in their vehicles.
November 28, 2011