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11 November 2010, 06:00
Police in Norwich want us to have a safer Christmas shopping experience this year and have given us 8 top tips.
'Operation Festive' means there will be a focus on reducing purse dipping and shoplifting during this festive season, making us less vulnerable to those Scrooge's who make our Christmas shopping less enjoyable.
The team will start operating from Thursday 11th November until Tuesday 4th January as this is when the amount of shoplifting rises. We will start to see high visibility daytime patrols focusing on Gentlemen's Walk. There will also be stalls in Chapelfield and The Castle Mall dedicated to preventing crime.
Chief Inspector Dennis Lacey said, "86% of shoplifters in Norwich are caught so we are sending out a strong warning that shoplifting won't be tolerated at this time of year or at any time." He later stated he wants us to be able to safely, enjoy our Christmas shopping experience.
8 top tips to shoppers:
There will be a crime prevention stand near The Canary Store in The Castle Mall from 10.30am - 4.30pm on Sunday the 14th November and from 9am - 5.30pm on Friday the 3rd of December.
There will also be one on the Dining Terrace at Chapelfield from 11am - 3pm on Thursday the 16th of November and Thursday the 25th of November.