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PCC gives Jingle Bells to Savvy Shoppers to deter Sneaky Thieves


Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, is helping to deter sneaky purse thieves by handing out jingle bells to savvy shoppers in a series of roadshows.

Mr. Coppinger will be helping to provide crime prevention advice, whilst also seeking views on his plans for policing over the next year as he holds four roadshow events in central shopping locations across Cleveland.

The first roadshow will be taking place on Monday 1st December, with the opportunity for shoppers in Stockton to get their hands on jingle bells, which attach to a bag’s handle and give an audible warning if someone is trying to remove either the bag or its contents from the owner.

Shoppers will also get some handy seasonal crime prevention advice, be able to have their say on local policing, and get a free property marking kit so that stolen and recovered items are more easily traceable.

The campaign will be launched in the Castlegate Centre between 11am and 1pm and Mr. Coppinger is keen to seek views for his updated Police and Crime Plan next year.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “At this time of year it is important that people are aware of the dangers of crime and take all the measures possible to prevent them from becoming victims themselves.

“These roadshows are also an opportunity for me to get out and about and meet with the residents of Cleveland, who do not necessarily wish to come to specific policing meetings, and ensure that their views are reflected in my future plans for policing across the area.”

Police Constable Steve Cranston, who will be attending the Middlesbrough roadshow, said: “As shoppers are rushing around trying to grab some bargains, thieves will be rushing around trying to grab purses!

“I would urge shoppers to ensure that their belongings are safe and secure, that bags are zipped up and no shopping is left on view, but away in the boot.

“Crime prevention advice is extremely important at this time of year and I would ask people to visit the roadshow stand.”

Further roadshows will be held on the following dates:

  • 3rd December, 11:00 – 13:00, Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough
  • 11th December, 11:00 – 13:00, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool
  • 15th December, 11:00 – 13:00, Redcar High Street, near Cooplands Bakery


Posted on Friday 28th November 2014
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