Local policing officers in Lisburn detected two shoplifters in the city yesterday morning, Friday 15th December, as part of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s annual Operation Season’s Greetings which aims to keep people and businesses safe in the run up to Christmas. 

Sergeant Beacom said: “One priority for our officers is Safer Shopping, which means increased patrols in key shopping areas. 

“We understand that retailers are under ever-increasing financial pressure and that this time of year is crucial to local businesses, and want to assure them that we are here to support them.

“Just before 10.30am, we were contacted by a store in a city centre shopping mall, who reported a suspicious man on their premises. Officers quickly attended and the 47-year-old man was arrested on two counts of theft and going equipped for theft. 

“He was taken to custody and officers obtained a search warrant for his home, where they located and seized a further 53 suspected stolen items. The man has since been released on bail to allow for further enquiries. 

“Just before 11.30am, security staff at a store in a shopping centre outside the city detained a shoplifter and contacted police. The  48-year-old woman had attempted to take over £80 worth of goods from the store without paying. She was issued with a Community Resolution Notice. "

Sergeant Beacom continued: The Police Service of Northern Ireland are committed to working with retailers to reduce theft. Thanks to quick-thinking and observant store staff, we were able to ensure that these individuals were held to account. 

“If you have any concerns around your security measures or require crime prevention advice or guidance, please contact police on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”