Surrey RCMP isn’t ho-ho-holding back on holiday shopping safety tips


2020-11-23 02:46 PST

The COVID-19 pandemic has many people turning to online shopping this holiday season. Surrey RCMP wants to help keep the season holidays merry and bright by providing some tips to help protect the public from crimes related to online shopping and online marketplace apps.

Online Marketplace App Robberies

Online marketplace apps are a convenient way for people to buy and sell merchandise. Unfortunately, they are also a convenient way for criminals to commit personal robberies. Criminals use apps such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Kijiji, and Letgo to arrange face-to-face meetings with their victims. Victims are often lured using ads that offer high-value items at low prices. When the meet-up takes place, the victims are robbed of their cash or high-value item.

Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit recommends these tips if you plan to meet an unknown person to buy or sell an item:

Online Shopping Tips

It continues to be important to employ safe internet practices while conducting online shopping, particularly during the busy gift-giving season. Surrey RCMP Financial Crime Unit recommends these tips to prevent crimes related to online shopping – not only related to internet transactions, but tips for safeguarding packages delivered to your home.

We urge everyone to keep safety in mind while checking off items on your shopping list, says Sergeant Ryan Forbes, Acting NCO in charge of the Surrey RCMP Targeted Enforcement Unit. Following these tips can prevent you from falling victim to internet based crimes.

Surrey RCMP will be hosting a Holiday Saftey Tips Webinar via Zoom on December 3, 2020. Please email by November 27, 2020 to register. For more safety tips please visit the Surrey RCMP website. 

Released by

Cpl. Joanie Sidhu

Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
Office: 604-599-7776

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