Shoppers in the Derbyshire Dales can get their hands on free purse cables to help keep them safe during the run up to Christmas.
The police and Derbyshire Dales District Council have joined forces to provide the chains as part of a bid to prevent purse thefts in Bakewell, Ashbourne and Matlock.
They can be used to attach the purse to a zip inside a handbag, to make it more difficult for the purse to be stolen and increase the chances of alerting the shopper, who might feel the purse being ‘tugged’.
People can get hold of the purse chains over the next few weeks from their local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams.
Officers are also reminding people to follow safer shopping tips.
Police safety partnership Sgt. Garry Staples said: “We are pleased to say that our towns continue to be safe and pleasant places to shop but we want to keep it that way by working alongside Derbyshire Dales District Council to offer free purse chains and help prevent thefts.
“It can be easy to become distracted while you are out and about browsing the shops but we would always urge people to make sure that they keep their handbags zipped up and their purse out of sight.”
In Bakewell, officers will be handing out the chains at the market on Monday, November 14.
Residents in Matlock can collect them from Matlock police station on Bank Road and in Ashbourne people can get hold of them by calling at the Ashbourne News Telegraph office on Market Place or from Ashbourne police station, Compton Road.
Tips for safer shopping include:
Keep your bag closed and with the opening towards your body.
Do not leave bags, purses and wallets unattended and on show.
Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till.
Avoid carrying wallets and purses in back pockets.
Do not leave your handbag unattended in a pushchair or shopping trolley.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the new police non-emergency number or alternatively you can email from the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk.