Police warning on devices

Chief Inspector Paul Reid.
Chief Inspector Paul Reid.

Police in Craigavon have issued advice to retailers and business owners to check their premises regularly for incendiary devices.

Craigavon Area Commander, Chief Inspector Paul Reid 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.”

Police will be increasing patrols in shopping areas and car parks and are asking anyone if they notice anything suspicious to contact them immediately. For further advice contact the Crime Prevention Officer on tel 101.