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Christmas Anti-Shoplifting Campaign Launched in York


4:31pm 29th November 2013

York police will be carrying out high visibility patrols across the city to prevent crime in the run up to Christmas.

The operation runs from Sunday 1 December until Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24 December 2013), focusing on the retail area in the city centre, as well as the McArthur Glen, Monks Cross and Clifton Moor shopping centres.

Police officers will focus their attention on preventing shoplifting, pick pockets stealing purses and mobile phones from bags, as well sneak-in burglaries at retail premises. They will also patrol the city’s car parks to deter thieves from stealing from unattended cars.

Anyone caught acting in an anti-social manner, such as begging for money, will be dealt with robustly.

Known offenders, who are spotted by officers, will be challenged to interrupt their activities and prevent them committing crime. 

Shoppers can help themselves so they don’t become the victims of crime.

  • If they are carrying a bag, make sure that it is securely fastened and if it has a flap make sure that they have that side facing inwards
  • Don’t leave shopping unattended while looking at other items
  • If you are leaving shopping in a car, make sure it’s out of sight in the boot

Police Sergeant Carol Horner, of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The vast majority of people who visit the shopping areas of York at this time of year, do so with the intention of shopping and soaking up the festive atmosphere.

“Sadly, there are others who come to the city with criminal intent. I want these people to understand that they are not wanted and we will do everything in our power to interfere with and prevent their offending, to keep York one of the safest and lowest crime cities in the country.”

Sergeant Horner added: “I would like to remind people shopping in York to take some simple steps to help prevent themselves falling victim to criminals. Make sure that you know where your belongings are at all times and don’t allow yourself to be distracted. If you are leaving shopping in your car, put it in the boot. Criminals would rather pick an easy victim.”

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Anyone with information about people committing crime in York should contact the police on 101, select option 1 and pass the details to the Force Control Room..

Or to provide information anonymously they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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