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Police tips for a safe festive season

02 Dec 2014

Police have warned Docklanders to be aware of opportunistic theft and to keep their eyes out for suspicious behaviour in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year.

According to Sen-Sgt Mick Wilmott, opportunistic theft increases in the lead up to Christmas as the shopping season ramps up, with large crowds providing plenty of cover for crime.

“People should make sure they are aware of where their personal belongings such as handbags, backpacks and laptops are at all times.”

“The fact is, thieves are well aware that crowds will increase during this period and will make the most of it using the anonymity crowds provide,” Sen-Sgt Wilmott said.

He also warned drivers to ensure they don’t leave valuables in cars.

Sen-Sgt Wilmott said there also continued to be issues of people tailgating into carparks in Docklands and breaking into storage cages.

He said given many people go away over Christmas, New Year’s Eve and summer, residents who remain in Docklands should remain vigilant about the people entering their building.

“Residents should remain vigilant over the Christmas period as many people will go away which gives offenders more opportunity as there are less people around and therefore fewer eyes,” Sen-Sgt Wilmott said.

“If you see someone behaving suspiciously or who doesn’t look like they belong make sure you give us a call.”

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