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Cops head to the shops to chat to visitors about crime prevention

Posted on 8th October 2013

Officers from Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team will be hosting a stand at a town centre store to speak to shoppers about crime prevention and staying safe online.

The team will be at the Co-operative store, in Market Street, throughout the day on Wednesday, October 23.

They will be chatting to passers-by about what they can do to protect themselves from crime during the darker nights.

As part of Operation Illuminate, they will be informing people about cut-price security kit they can buy, such as shed and garage alarms, timer switches, door chimes and property marking gear like SmartWater.

Officers will also be talking about cyber crime and how to stay safe both online and out in public by safeguarding their personal details.

PCSO Hayley Grundy, from the team, said: “We always have a great response when we head out and speak directly to local residents and visitors to Bakewell.

“There are lots of useful tips we can give people on staying safe and protecting their property from criminals, which is what Operation Illuminate is all about.

“Bakewell is always very busy with shoppers, and that will only increase between now and Christmas, so getting out there and speaking directly with people is a fantastic and extremely effective way for us to give out these crime prevention messages.”

Operation Illuminate is an annual campaign by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, which is led by police and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

It sees officers selling cut-price home security items to Dales residents from police stations and during visits out in the community.

The aim is to help people boost the security of their homes and outbuildings during the darker nights, when burglaries can increase.

The team will be at the Co-operative store from 10am to tell people about the operation, inform them about cyber crime campaigns and sign them up to Derbyshire Alert, the force’s free police messaging service.

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