Shoppers across the urged to be vigilant when hitting the Christmas sales

Shoppers across the Shannonside Northern Sound region are being urged to be vigilant when out and about this Christmas.

Gardaí say there’s typically an increase in pickpocketing around the festive period.

People are being warned to be vigilant when taking money out at ATM’s, when carrying your handbag and phone in crowded areas, and to ensure that your car is parked in secure well-lit areas.

Crime Prevention Officer in Cavan and Monaghan, Noel Harraghy says that thefts from handbags is a big issue for them around the Christmas season.