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Police team up to encourage Buxton residents to stay safe this Christmas

Posted on 20th December 2013


Community fire safety officer, Sandra Webb and PCSO Ally Ratcliffe hand out advice to local shoppers

Buxton police teamed up with the fire service to chat to shoppers about staying safe over the festive period.

PCSO Ally Ratcliffe was joined by community fire safety officer, Sandra Webb, to offer crime prevention and fire safety advice to passers-by at Spring Gardens, Buxton on Wednesday, December 18.

Shoppers were invited to chat to the officers about the steps that they can take to prevent fire incidents and protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime over the festive season.

PCSO Ratcliffe from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Events like this are a great opportunity for us to head out into the community and chat to residents to ensure that they enjoy the festive season safely.

“Shoppers were able to pick up free purse chains to help prevent their purses from being stolen as it is easy to become distracted when shopping.

“We would like to remind shoppers to make sure that they keep their handbags zipped up and their purses out of sight to prevent would-be-thieves from taking their belongings.”

Community fire safe officer, Sandra, was on hand to speak to residents about the importance of regularly testing smoke alarms to ensure that they are properly working to stay safe from fire.

Passers-by were also urged to check that any sockets are not overloaded with Christmas lights and that they are unplugged when going to bed or leaving the house.

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