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Northern Ireland retailers urged to step up Christmas security

The PSNI has advised the business community to increase its security approaching the festive period.

Christmas and new year is the retail trade’s busiest time, and the force is warning that criminals will always try to take advantage of the high turnover of cash and valuables in outlets all over Northern Ireland.

Detective Inspector Davy Connery of the PSNI’s Crime Prevention Unit said now is a good time for the businesses to ensure they have appropriate security measures in place.

“There are simple but very effective steps to take to ensure your business stays crime-free over the festive period,” he said.

“At this time of year you may take in more money than usual. Reduce the amount of cash in your tills regularly and make sure you transfer it to a safe, preferably in an occupied office.

“Have your money taken to a bank frequently by a recognised ‘cash in transit’ company. This ensures your money has the safest possible journey to your bank, reducing the risk of it being stolen.”

And the detective added: “Business owners and their staff should be on the lookout for fake or cloned cards which criminals are using more often.”

For further information on Crime Prevention, call you local police on 0845 600 800, or log on to www.psni.police.uk.

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