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Stay Stay- Stay Secure this Christmas

Stay Stay- Stay Secure this Christmas

December 3, 2019

In the run up to Christmas, Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) in conjunction with the local police, are reminding people to keep themselves and their property safe and to be aware of scams whilst shopping on-line.  To promote this message, an advertising campaign being launched on ‘Black Friday’, will coincide with roadshows in key locations across the district to raise awareness and prevent people from becoming a victim of crime.  The campaign will focus on local printed press and social media and will encourage local residents to set up Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and crime prevention advice on burglary, scamming messages and drink driving. If you are out and about Christmas shopping and see our stand, please call with the PCSP and PSNI and have a chat about staying safe both in your home, whilst out shopping and on-line. Please remember that financial institutions, utility companies, law enforcement, HMRC, internet and telecoms providers and other public bodies will never ask for personal account details that they already possess. You should terminate the telephone call and ring the organisation on the number you already have. If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Please ensure that you stay 4 steps ahead of a scam by using this scam test:

  • Seems too good to be true
  • Contacted out of the blue
  • Asked for personal details
  • Money is requested

The PCSP also supports the PSNI message to ‘Never, Ever, drink and drive’. If you are going out to enjoy the festive period it is best to plan ahead by nominating a non-drinker as the designated driver or book a taxi in advance. Don`t forget about your journey to work the next morning, particularly if there is a chance you could be over the limit.

The Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh PCSP, Councillor Andrew Ewing commented “We cannot remind people enough of the importance of looking after themselves and their belongings, particularly at Christmas when there are gifts bought to give to friends and family.  Please ensure that they are out of sight and not placed below Christmas trees, visible from outside your home.  Unfortunately there are criminals who will invade your home and steal your personal belongings.  My message to you is clear; make sure you do not invite burglars into your home by not securing your home properly and stay ahead of scams by remembering the 4 step test. May I wish all the citizens of Lisburn & Castlereagh a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year.”

Superintendent Davy Beck, District Commander for Lisburn & Castlereagh commented “Over the next few weeks Officers will be working hard right across Lisburn and Castlereagh District as part of ‘Operation Seasons Greetings’ to help ensure you have a safe Christmas.  This operation brings together police officers from departments across the service to provide visible and accessible policing for local communities, businesses and those who are out and about shopping and enjoying the festive period.”

“We will be conducting preventative patrols across the District, liaising with local communities and working with businesses to provide increased visibility, crime prevention advice and of course conducting our daily business of tackling crime.”

“You can really help us during this busy period.  Please follow our crime prevention advice to protect yourself, your home and your property; be safe and careful on our roads; don’t drink and drive; look out for older people and the more vulnerable in your local community and report any suspicious activity to us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”