Warning issued to local shop owners

Police have issued advice to retailers, business owners and retail parks across Lisburn to check their premises regularly for incendiary devices.

Superintendent Philip Knox, D District Operations, urged retailers to be vigilant, particularly in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

”It is good business practice to check your premises regularly for anything suspicious. This will help protect your staff, customers and business all year round, however, we would urge everyone to be particularly vigilant in the run up to Christmas and the New Year when shops are busier and more people are out and about.

“Incendiary devices can be left anywhere that can catch fire easily, such as in garments, soft furnishings and upholstery. They have the potential to destroy property and take human life.

“If something looks out of place, or even just raises concern, contact police immediately. Never touch or attempt to move any suspicious looking objects.

“We are also advising business owners and managers to review security measures and check premises thoroughly both during and after trading. An extra few minutes could make the difference - vigilance is the key,” Superintendent Knox said.

Police will be increasing patrols in shopping areas and car parks and are asking anyone if they notice suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles to contact police immediately.

For further crime prevention information and individual advice to businesses, please contact your local Crime Prevention Officer by phoning 0845 600 8000.




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