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Jingle bells keep shoppers safe in Burnley

December 6, 2012, 2:05 pm

Shoppers in Burnley are being offered jingle bells to help keep their possessions safe whilst out and about over the festive period.

Members of the local neighbourhood police team will be in the town today (Thursday 6 December) to speak to people about staying safe. Officers will also be handing out fridge magnets, number plate screws and crime prevention leaflets.

Jingle bell key rings can be attached to purses, wallets and the zips of bags to alert the owner if a thief tries to target their valuables.

Sgt Rodger Crew said: “We tend to see an increase in pickpockets and purse dippers who like to take advantage of the busy crowds out around Christmas time.

“The jingle bells are a fantastic deterrent to thieves. I urge people to keep their bags with them at all times; keep purses and other valuables in zipped inside pockets and carry their bags across their bodies with any flaps facing inwards. We want everyone to enjoy their Christmas in Burnley which is why we are giving out jingle bells to help keep peoples valuable items safe.”

The activity is being held as part of a day of action across Burnley with officers carrying out additional activity aimed at reducing crime. Neighbourhood officers will be carrying out additional patrols in car parks to speak to shoppers about removing valuables from display and PCSOs will also be visiting rural areas to speak to residents about crime prevention.

It comes as part of a seasonal crime prevention campaign with the aim of spoiling Christmas for criminals in Lancashire. The Constabularys Bah Humbug campaign will see residents being given useful advice to help them keep both themselves and their property safe so that they can make the most of enjoying the festive period.

Sgt Crew added: “Residents and shoppers have an important part to play to avoid falling victim to crime and so we are aiming to raise awareness of important crime prevention advice.

“Police officers, PCSOs, and our partner agencies will be working hard over the Christmas and New Year period to help keep people safe and we wish everyone – except criminals – a very Merry Christmas.”

Spoil Christmas for criminals – dont give them an easy way to get their hands on your valuables:

• Fit a burglar alarm and good outside lighting, then check them both regularly
• Santa comes down the chimney – burglars will use an unlocked door or window. Lock up to lock them out
• Keep presents out of view both at home and on the back seat of your car so they dont provide temptation for passing thieves
• Crafty crooks will hook keys through letterboxes so dont leave your set near your front door
• Mark your new valuable items with your postcode & note down make/model/serial numbers
• Carry bags close to your body with any flaps/ openings facing towards you
• Put purses and mobiles in inside pockets
• Lock your car and make sure all valuables including satellite navigation systems are out of view
• Stay with your car when you are defrosting it and the engine is running
• Park in secure car parks and/or well-lit areas

Anyone with information about crime or who sees anything suspicious can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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