Shop owners urged to enhance their security measures for the festive season

Gardaí in the Shannonside/Northern Sound region are urging shop owners and businesses to enhance their security measures as the festive season swings into gear.

Many retail outlets will have hired new staff to cope with the Christmas rush and Gardai are urging owners to ensure that all staff are properly trained on how to identify possible shoplifters, as well as the procedure on how to deal with any alleged criminal incidents on their premises.

Towns across the region are expected to be very busy over the next three weekends, with the number of shopping days before December 25th rapidly decreasing.

Sgt Paul McDermott, Crime Prevention Officer in Roscommon-Longford has this advice for retailers: