Central Metropolitan Region
Police Warn – ‘Tis The Season To Safeguard Your Valuables
Police are warning shoppers, business owners and holidaymakers to be extra vigilant against opportunistic crime during the Christmas/New Year period.
‘Steal from Person’ and shop stealing offences are two of the most prevalent crimes at this time of year as people buy Christmas gifts and seek bargains at the post-Christmas sales.
A four-day Police operation, code-named ‘SNIPER 1’, resulted in the arrests of 42 people for theft-related crimes in the week leading up to Christmas.
The Operation, featuring a number of inner-Sydney Police Local Area Commands, focused on street-level robberies and shop-lifting offences in and around department stores in Pitt Street Mall.
“Shoppers in particular should be on their guard during this busy festive season.” Assistant Commissioner, Frank Mennilli said.
“There’s nothing more inviting to a thief than an open or poorly secured handbag.” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.
“We would advise people to keep their bags and other valuables secured as they carry out their shopping.”
“We also deal with a lot of cases where bags are placed out of sight at their owner’s feet and are manoeuvred away by thieves.”
In addition, Police are reminding business owners to maintain the security of their stock.
“It’s not just pick-pockets or bag snatchers we need to worry about.” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.
“This is also a time when shoplifters are most active.”
“Experience has shown us that many thieves try to use crowds as cover as they set about stealing valuables from stores.”
Holidaymakers are also advised to take precautions before they leave home.
“Without proper security measures, Santa Claus might not be the only one entering your home when you least expect it over Christmas.” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.
“If you’re going away over the holiday period…tell your neighbours, lock all your doors and windows and don’t forget to activate your alarm system, if you have one.”
“Don’t let your letter box fill up and if possible, get a relative or friend to keep an eye on your property.”
Anyone who witnesses a theft or break and enter is urged to contact Triple Zero, their local Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.