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Crime prevention advice for Christmas shoppers

With Christmas approaching, Gardai are reminding shoppers not to leave handbags, presents and other valuable items on display in parked and unattended vehicles.
If you must store property in your vehicle, local Jim Fox, Crime Prevention Officer, advises you to place items in the boot where they are out of view.
Gardai also advise people to ensure all windows are closed, doors locked and, if fitted, the alarm should be switched on in your car when you park. Never leave a vehicle unlocked.
When shopping, ladies are advised to be conscious of the necessity to keep their handbags closed and on their person at all times. Criminals will be looking out for an opportunity to steal purses and other valuables from handbags while the owners are distracted, so ensure you zip or clip any pockets of your handbag closed and always secure your purse and keys in your handbag. Never leave a handbag hanging on the back of a chair or from a shopping trolley while you are out.
Care should also be taken over the Christmas period, when visiting the grave of a loved one, as criminals continue to target cars parked at graveyards for handbags and other personal items on display.

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