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Stay safe during seasonal sales

Alert message sent 30/12/2019 14:59:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Enjoy the seasonal sales but consider the following advice to keep yourself safe.

When you are out shopping, stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may be operating.

Place valuables in inside pockets of clothing or bags, keep a close watch on them and try not to have them all in one place. Be extra careful with handbags, purses and wallets, always carry a handbag close to your body and not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket, likewise with your phone and keys.

Only withdraw as much cash as you need to avoid carrying large amounts of cash and always shield the PIN pad when entering your PIN. Put your money and cards away (not in your back pocket) safely before leaving the machine. Ideally pay with a debit/credit card wherever possible.

Never leave your bag unattended on your trolley whilst shopping and don’t leave it in your vehicle when returning your trolley. Don't overburden yourself with bags/packages and try to keep one hand free.

Be careful where you park your car, especially if you will be returning to it after dark. If parking in a multi-storey car park, choose a well-lit space as close to the exit as possible, away from pillars and reverse into position if possible. Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to leave items in the car make sure they are out of view, the car is locked and keep the receipts with you.

Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and never leave a shop without you. Agree a meeting point with older children in case you get separated.

If using public transport, have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so that your wallet or purse is out of sight.

Burglars and robbers know that many households have new and often expensive items in their homes following the holiday season.

Break down any boxes you are throwing out and place them inside recycling bins.

Don’t advertise your gifts or purchases on social media.

Register your property securely and free of charge on the national property marking database

You can find more crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website
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Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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