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Young People Warned Not To Flaunt New Gifts
Monday 4th January, 2010

Young People Warned Not To Flaunt New Gifts

Young people across Wigan and Leigh are being urged to keep new gadgets received at Christmas out of sight to avoid becoming a victim of street crime.

January is a peak time for robberies as people step out with valuable new gifts such as mobile phones and MP3 players, and young people are the most likely victims.

Wendy O’Neil, Crime Reduction Advisor for Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division, said: “We are advising people to leave their valuables at home or hide them when they are on the bus, waiting at the bus stop, on the street or even at school.

“It’s worth remembering that while most people are out hunting for bargains in the sales, criminals may be on a spree of a different kind, especially in busy high street areas. Most robberies are opportunistic, so by keeping valuables out of view you can reduce your risk of becoming a target.”

To report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit www.gmp.police.uk

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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