The town watch scheme have issued their seasonal guidance to all to ‘Shop Safely’ this Christmas.
Drawing members from Gardai, public and private partnerships, the scheme works to provide a communication mechanism sharing information on local retail crime and hoping to contribute to safe shopping throughout Dundalk.
Scheme Chair Sean Farrell asked all the towns patrons to enjoy the season and the shopping offers in Dundalk by keeping their property safe and secure and taking a few simple precautions such as avoiding carrying large amounts of cash and never keeping your credit card and cheque book together.
Everyone should be vigilant when withdrawing money from ATM’s, use ATM’s in busy areas, always conceal your pin number and be aware of those around you at all times.
If you are using a credit card always ensure that your receipt is discarded properly to avoid fraudulent use and never write down your pin code and keep it with your credit cards.
Something else to avoid is leaving your shopping or Christmas presents in full view in your vehicle, if they can be seen they can be stolen, this also applies to leaving valuables on car seats when driving, as opportunists can open doors at traffic lights and snatch goods.
When leaving your vehicle remove all valuables or lock them away out of view and when returning to your vehicle do not leave handbags in trolleys or on car roof’s while unloading shopping as this is perfect opportunity for thieves.
Report all suspicious activity to the Gardai or to a Town watch Member identified by the logo displayed in all members shop fronts.
Help us to make our Town a safe and welcoming place for families.