SPAIN NEWS: Police reinforcements to ensure a safe Christmas for shoppers

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SPAIN’S National Police have brought in reinforcements for its Christmas campaign. 

The extra armed officers will be deployed at shopping centres, leisure facilities and anywhere large numbers of people gather throughout the country as it aims to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe Christmas. 

Dubbed the ‘Secure Commerce Plan’, it is designed to protect the commerce sector and its customers throughout the year, and is reinforced at certain times, such as Christmas, to prevent theft, robbery with violence or intimidation, fraud, shoplifting and other crimes. 

Although a special emphasis has been put on increasing uniformed patrols as a deterrant to criminal, there will also be plain clothed officers keeping a watchful eye open. 

At the same time officers will be handing out pamphlets with advice on avoiding crime and carrying out informative social media campaigns, while crime prevention officers will visit businesses and shops. 

Police have told the Euro Weekly News that advice for shopkeepers includes installing a secure locking system, keeping a light on the façade throughout the night, avoiding last-minute cash counting or doing it alone. The police also recommend that, in the event of a robbery, the merchant should never confront the offender, especially if the offender is armed. 

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