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Omagh stores warned over festive criminals

RETAILERS in Omagh have been warned to be on the look out for criminals during the busiest time of the year.
 
With the Christmas shopping rush in full flow, shops across Omagh are seeing a welcome influx of shoppers but which also presents an increased opportunity for crime.
 
 Omagh Neighbourhood Policing Team paired with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to host an information event at the Strule Arts Centre aimed at providing retailers and staff with the skills required to prevent theft at Christmas.
 
Business owners were given advice on how to identify and prevent theft and distraction offences in the run up to Christmas.
 
Speaking at the event, Constable Kunaal Sharma said, “Coming up to Christmas is such a busy period for businesses so we wanted to give business owners advice on thefts, shop lifting, counterfeit currency and their personal safety.
 
“It is important that they are reminded about things they may have forgotten as it is such a busy time.”
 
The event aimed to help local businesses protect their staff and stock, identify fake notes and inform them on what to do if they suspect a shoplifting gang has just entered their premises.
 
Police have also been visiting shops across Omagh offering advice and support to business owners.
 
Constable Kunaal Sharma continued, “There is people coming from all over the county to Omagh to do their shopping so there is an increased opportunity for crime. We are trying to prevent the thefts and offences from occurring.
 
“I have been around the town centre shops speaking to retailers and offering them advice.
 
“The main thing for business owners is to be vigilant and inform new staff what to look out for in regards thefts and counterfeit notes. If retailers do see anything suspicious, inform the police as soon as possible.”

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