POLICE have warned shoplifters and other criminals targeting Greyhound Retail Park to ‘think again!’
Police patrols inside the stores, on the car parks and all the surrounding areas are being stepped up during December. Police officers, special constables and police community support officers involved are all radio-linked to store staff and CCTV will be used to track the movement of any known criminals who visit the site.
Shoppers are being offered sets of ‘jingle bells’ which act as purse alarms and they are being warned to be careful about leaving Christmas shopping in parked cars.
Constable Jane Heron said: “Shoplifters, purse dippers and vehicle crime specialists aren’t interested in the spirit of goodwill. They just see Christmas as an opportunity to increase their takings. We have a good working relationship with store security staff here and measures which are effective for keeping crime in check are already in place. It is a simple matter to step things up at a time like this.
“The high visibility patrols will provide some extra reassurance for shoppers and the officers will be glad to hear from anyone who has spotted someone else behaving suspiciously. Alternatively you can report suspicious behaviour to staff in the stores and they will contact one of our officers.
Police community support officer Joe Harris added: “If your money and cards are in a purse, the purse should be in a zipped-up bag which you keep with you at all times. The ‘jingle bells’ alarms, which have been funded by Chester Against Business Crime, are an added precaution. If you are using a wallet, keep it in an inside pocket and be careful about people brushing against you or engaging you in conversation. Keep alert to what is going on around you and don’t flash cash at the tills or at hole-in-the-wall machines. If you see someone shoplifting, report it.
“If you have to leave shopping in your car, make sure you lock it in the boot. Never leave it on view. When you load the boot, look around to make sure no-one is watching you.”