Seasonal and Online shopping crime prevention advice
Now black Friday and cyber Monday are out of the way, the serious shopping can begin. It's also a busy time for fraudsters who are out to exploit us while we are distracted by bargains.
We really want to make sure you don't get taken for a ride by buying from dodgy websites, receiving fake goods or giving your hard earned cash to criminals.
For tips and advice on avoiding seasonal scams visit Action Fraud's website and have a #safechristmas
Seasonal Crime Prevention Advice for Local Businesses
- Ensure good design & layout within your premises e.g. have you a good view of all high value desirable stock such as alcohol & tools.
- Use technical aids such as CCTV & mirrors to see into blind spots. Ensure low hanging CCTV cameras are in an anti-tamper proof cage.
- Ensure CCTV hard drives are securely locked away.
Ensure your staff are trained to be observant & to engage customers early to make them aware they have been noticed.
- Check for counterfeit notes. If you are not happy with a note do not accept it & contact Police.
- Be wary when large denomination notes are used to pay for low value items. Secure & monitor your vulnerable areas.
Watch out for distraction events. Small teams may enter with a view to engage &/or distract staff whilst others steal items.
- Shred all unwanted correspondence.
- Regularly check alarm systems & ensure they are annually maintained.
- Report all suspicious instances immediately & record details of incidents, descriptions of persons & registration numbers of vehicles.
- Change your routines when dealing with cash in transit.
- Display valuable items in your windows or near letter boxes. If you do, remove them during closed hours.
- Keep large amounts of money on your premises. This includes your home address.
- Drop your guard. Criminals come in many guises.
In an emergency, always call 999 with the business name & full address.
Or alternatively, contact 101 (non-emergency) or 0800 555 111 (CrimeStoppers, anonymous)