Eight arrests during Christmas shoplifting campaign

Police Operation

ACT Policing made eight arrests and issued numerous cautions and 12 month banning orders following a targeted two week shoplifting campaign.

Police worked with retailers and shopping centre security to catch shoplifters and those engaging in criminal behaviour in Canberra shopping centres during the busy Christmas shopping period.

Officer in Charge of City Police Station Detective Inspector Adrian Craft said the operation was a success.

“More than a dozen banning notices were issued, as well as eight arrests for various offences, and multiple people received police cautions or a summons to attend court,” Detective Inspector Craft said.

“Throughout the operation police received praise and thanks from both shopping centre security and members of the public for their high-visibility presence throughout the festive shopping period.

Police would like to thank the Canberra community for their cooperation during the operation, we hope everyone had a great Christmas and wish all Canberrans a very happy and safe New Year.”

ACT Policing provides a free service to local businesses, offering information on how to protect your business from crime. To speak to one of our ACT Policing Business Liaison Officers, contact (02) 6256 7777.

If you have any information in relation to shoplifting activity, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

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