Christmas shopping? follow advice and don't fall victim to festive criminals (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Christmas shopping? follow advice and don't fall victim to festive criminals
THE Dorset Police Countdown to Christmas campaign is under way and officers are encouraging the public to beware of becoming victims of crime and fraud while Christmas shopping.
Officers fear shoppers will become distracted trying to find the perfect gifts in busy town centres and fall prey to thieves.
They are also concerned about safety while shopping online.
Superintendent Mike Rogers said: “We are urging members of the public to follow our advice to keep their belongings safe this festive season, as well as staying alert while shopping online.
“Taking simple steps such as keeping your handbag securely fastened and only shopping at reputable online retailers will reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.”
Advice for festive shoppers
Dorset Police is offering the following advice to reduce the chances of becoming victims of crime while out Christmas shopping this year:
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash with you
- Keep your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards. Zip up any pockets and make sure your purse can’t be seen
- Keep your handbag and shopping bags close to you and make sure you never leave them unattended
- Avoid carrying too much around with you, the more bags you’ve got the more vulnerable you are
- Take extra care with your credit/debit cards over the Christmas period to reduce the chances of them being stolen or skimmed. Make sure you always keep them in sight while your transaction is being completed
- Be vigilant at cash machines – keep your PIN safe and put cash away safely before walking away. Never write your PIN number down.
Tips for online shopping have also been offered
- Use a credit card when shopping online. If you fall victim to fraud most credit card companies offer protection for your purchases
- Try to avoid paying by money transfers – they aren’t secure n When shopping online, don’t send confidential personal or financial information by email. A reputable online shop or seller wouldn’t ask for this information to be emailed and it could be used for identity fraud If you feel you are the victim of an online scam, you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting http://www.action fraud.police.uk
- Make sure you keep all evidence of the offence, including goods and correspondence.
For more Christmas news, information on upcoming festive events, pictures from festive light switch-ons and more visit bournemouthecho.co.uk/christmas
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