Operation Scrooge

Operation Scrooge – Campaign Launched To Target Shoplifting in Andover

Officers from Andover’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will be out in force to deter shoplifters in the run-up to Christmas.

Operation Scrooge will see officers liaise with retailers, give advice to shoppers and carry out high-visibility patrols in Andover town centre and its retail parks.

The operation starts on Saturday 24th November, when members of the team will put on a crime prevention stall in the High Street between 10am and 2pm, to remind shoppers of the steps they can take to protect themselves and their property.

The campaign is due to finish on Monday 31st December.

Sergeant Mike Thorne, of Andover’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “As Christmas approaches, more and more people will be out and about in our town’s shops and banks.

Andover is a safe place to live and work but it is not immune to people who wish to take advantage of shoppers and businesses at this time of year.

The aim of our operation is to deter and detect crime and to provide reassurance to the public and businesses.

We will continue to use tactics that have proved successful in previous years to make sure those who commit crime in the town centre are dealt with robustly.”

Advice

We would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the steps they can take to protect their property when shopping:

  • Never leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even for a couple of seconds;
  • Make sure your handbag is closed;
  • Try to keep wallets in an inside pocket and out of sight from a potential pickpocket;
  • Keep your PIN number confidential;
  • If possible try to pay for all items on a debit or credit card, rather than carry large amounts of cash;
  • Ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked before leaving your car.

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