BELFAST OPEN FOR BUSINESS BUT POLICE STEP UP XMAS PATROLS

PSNI police chief meets Belfast's Lord Mayor Mairtin O'Muilleoir

PSNI police chief meets Belfast’s Lord Mayor Mairtin O’Muilleoir

THE PSNI has rolled out a dedicated policing operation to beat the bombers and keep shoppers and revellers safe.

Extra patrols, including sporadic vehicle checkpoints at key locations backed up by covert surveillance teams will also be on the streets in the run up to Christmas.

Belfast police commander Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum said: “There will be a very visible police presence in Belfast city centre over the coming weeks in key locations, at key times.

“Police will be on foot, on bikes and conducting vehicle check points in hot-spot areas to prevent crime and reassure shoppers, revellers and motorists.

“The Christmas period is a time of the year when we see a significant increase in the numbers of people visiting the city, during the day and in the evenings to shop and socialise.

“Police are encouraging people to stay safe this Christmas; keep their own property safe, be responsible about personal safety and actively keep their communities safe by looking out for others”.

He added: “We are all aware of the threat that is posed by terrorists. Everyone can play a part in helping to tackle this by remaining vigilant and by reporting any suspicious activity or behaviour to police.

“Police are committed to keeping communities safe. The public can help in this process by working with and supporting Police as they seek to prevent harm and ensure that Belfast remains a safe and vibrant city to visit”.

Belfast’s Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, urged ever one to support Belfast trade and festivities this Christmas.

“I will be leading by example and I know that the many people I am speaking to are fully supportive of being in the city and enjoying all that is has to offer this festive season,” he said.

“I would appeal for positivity. We should all be proud of the great things happening in Belfast and the many good people in our midst. Our message is clear – those who seek to wreck and cause ruin have no place here. Belfast is open for business.”

Police will also be conducting a range of operations targeting drink driving and alcohol fuelled assaults.

Activity will be undertaken in relation to disrupting the sale of counterfeit goods and increasing awareness on crime prevention advice related to thefts from vehicles.

 

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