MORE than 50 purse cables have been given out to shoppers in Bakewell as part of a partnership crime prevention campaign.
PC Phil Maycock of the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team (SNT) joined forces with Karen Cooper of the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership to hand out and fit the chains in the town on Monday, November 14.
They spent time speaking to shoppers at the market, offering them advice on how they can reduce the potential of having their purse stolen, and visited the Bakewell Age UK Day Centre.
PC Phil Maycock of the Bakewell SNT said: “We want make sure people feel safe and secure while they are out shopping, and we are pleased to be working alongside the partnership to help shoppers to avoid having their purses stolen.
“While Bakewell continues to be a safe place to shop, we want to remind people to stay vigilant, to keep their handbags zipped up and purses out of sight and to consider fitting a purse chain.”
The chains, provided by Derbyshire Dales District Council, were fitted free of charge and are being offered during the run up to Christmas, during the busier shopping period.
A purse chain or cable is used to attach a purse to a zip inside and handbag to help prevent the purse from being removed. They can also help alert a shopper, who may feel their purse being ‘tugged’ should someone try to steal it.
Mary Ward, Manager at Bakewell’s Age UK Day Centre said: “This is a great initiative which helps people to remain safe and reminds them to be vigilant whilst shopping in such a lovely area.
“Our centre is behind this scheme and we will encourage all of our users to ensure that they have and use a purse chain.”
Posters and signs advising people to take care with their purses and handbags have also been put up in the town.
Local resident Margaret Pursglove called into Bakewell police station to collect her purse chain. She said: “In this day and age, and even though this area is safe, you have to do all you can to protect your property.”
People can also pick up a purse chain from police stations in Bakewell, Matlock and Ashbourne, and also from the Ashbourne News Telegraph office on Market Place.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the new police non-emergency number or visit the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk.