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article imageSydney police crackdown on shoplifting in lead-up to Christmas Special

By Richard Milnes     Dec 16, 2013 in Crime
Sydney - Sydney police have charged 98 people during the five-day ‘Operation Lightfingers’ Sydney shoplifting blitz at major retail centres.
Detective Acting Inspector Matt Crematy, Acting Redfern Region Enforcement Squad Commander and Michael Lonie, NSW State Director, National Retail Association addressed the media outside Sydney Police Centre about the success of Operation Lightfingers, a proactive policing strategy, which ran from Tuesday to Saturday (10-14 December 2013), at major retail centres in Sydney CBD, Broadway and Bondi Junction.
Officers attached to Redfern Region Enforcement Squad, assisted by police from Sydney City, Leichhardt and Eastern Suburbs Local Area Commands, worked in conjunction with loss prevention staff from a number of department stores and targeted systematic property theft.
During the five-day operation, 98 people were arrested and charged with a total of 101 offences.
Acting Redfern Region Enforcement Squad Commander, Detective Acting Inspector Matt Crematy, said police will continue to work closely with retailers to target shoplifters during the Christmas period.
“This is the busiest time of year for retailers and more customers can create more opportunity for shoplifters,” Det A/Insp Crematy said.
“Light-fingered people see increased pedestrian traffic and busy customer service staff as an opportunity to take things from stores without paying for it.
“Operation Lightfingers – and others like it – allow police and retailers to actively target these opportunistic thieves and hopefully deter anyone thinking they might get away with it.
“Retail theft costs businesses billions of dollars every year, which ultimately costs the honest consumer and we are determined to work with retailers to make it clear that shoplifting and unlawful behaviour will not be tolerated.
“If you’re thinking of not paying, think again. Police, security, staff and surveillance cameras might just be watching you,” Det A/Insp Crematy said.
Police recommend the following simple precautions to reduce the risk of losing personal belongings to opportunistic thieves:
* Carry your bag close to your body (don’t dangle it by your side or let it swing from your shoulder)
* Don’t wrap your bag straps around your wrist
* Always keep your bag zipped up
* Keep cash and valuables in your bag to a minimum
* If you need to carry large amounts of money, separate notes and conceal them in different areas in your bag or on your body
* Do not mark keys with an address
* Stay away from the curb, many bag snatchers lean out of their vehicle to grab a bag
* Be alert – especially at ATMs and put your money away as quickly as possible
* Don’t put your bag on top of your car while unloading shopping
* Don’t put your bag on counters or in shopping trolleys.
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