Cops urge shoppers to be careful
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has urged shoppers to take all necessary steps to lessen the likelihood of being robbed while conducting financial transactions during the back-to-school period.
Head of the JCF Corporate Communications Unit Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said that persons should avoid taking large sums of cash when conducting transactions.
"Minimise the use of actual cash at this time and go more for a credit card and a debit card. You want to be very clear about where you are going and what is it that you are looking for, so you can sort your cash accordingly. Have an idea of how much you will be spending and where. In that way, you can manage the cash and you don't have to be taking out large sums of money in public," she added.
Lindsay emphasised that persons should avoid going into isolated areas alone and recommended that they leave expensive jewellery, gadgets, phones and laptops at home, when possible.
She pointed out that when persons leave their goods on car seats, it can encourage persons to break into the car and steal the items. Instead, she suggested that shoppers leave their goods in the store where they were purchased and carpool.
"If you need to get additional cash from an ATM, use one that is in a busy area where persons can see you, and one that is well-lit and secured, if you go at night," she urged.
Lindsay also warned that persons should look out for con artists (persons who present themselves as victims with sad stories), beggars, overly helpful persons, people soliciting a drive or asking for directions, especially persons pretending to know you.
She added that business operators who handle large sums of cash need to be equally cautious.