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Commissioner and Officers help Shoppers to Thwart Festive Thieves


Savvy shoppers will be given a helping hand to thwart festive thieves as Crime Prevention Officers from Cleveland Police hit the road in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, in a series of events.

They will be offered purse bells as part of the annual Jingle Bells campaign, in a bid to reduce thefts from bags. The bells attach to a bag’s handle and give an audible warning if someone is trying to steal the bag or contents from the owner.

Mr. Coppinger will be on hand to speak with shoppers during the roadshow, and will be asking if they have been a victim of crime and what their views are on how he should support victims across Cleveland over the coming year. He will be giving literature on festive fraud prevention and Crime Prevention Officers will also provide advice and information.

The first roadshow will be taking place on Monday 2nd December in Middlesbrough’s Cleveland Centre between 11am and 1pm.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger said: "At this time of year it is important that people are aware of the dangers of fraud and protect themselves, whether shopping online or in their local high street. I am keen to highlight what people can do to prevent themselves becoming a victim.

"I want to ensure that my plans for the future reflect the views of local communities so events like this are an excellent opportunity for me to meet with the people of Cleveland and hear their concerns directly."

Crime Prevention Office PC Steve Cranston added "Our annual Jingle Bells campaign is always very well received and it’s a chance for people to pick up some purse bells and to get some crime prevention advice.

"We’ll also be encouraging residents to consider joining their local neighbourhood watch scheme – it’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and the schemes play a vital role in supporting police and reducing the opportunity for crime in our communities."

Further roadshows will be held on the following dates:

  • 4th December, 11:00 – 13:00, Teesside Retail Park
  • 12th December, 10:00 – 12:00, Redcar High Street
  • 16th December, 11:00 – 13:00, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre



Posted on Friday 29th November 2013
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