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Operation Cracker set to target shoplifters in Buxton

Posted on 1st December 2014

Buxton officers are set to crack down on shoplifting over the festive season as part of an annual Operation Cracker campaign.

Operation Cracker will see officers carrying out increased patrols around Buxton Town Centre in the run up to Christmas.

The Safer Neighbourhood team will be carrying out high visibility and plain clothes patrols in a bid to deter thieves and catch shoplifters in the act.

Officers will also be speaking to shoppers to offer crime prevention advice to help them to stay safe while out and about shopping.

T/Sergeant Russ Barlow from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “At this time of year we can often see a slight increase in the number of shop thefts reported.

“This operation aims to target that issue and we will be on the lookout to identify offenders and stop thieves in the act.

“The team will be carrying out patrols in the area to help deter the issue and we will be offering crime prevention advice and reassurance to shoppers to help them to further protect themselves against opportunists.

“Buxton is a safe and enjoyable place to shop, especially at Christmas time, and this operation aims to keep it that way.”

Crime prevention advice the team will be giving includes:

  • Always keep valuables such as mobile phones, cameras and purses, which are attractive to thieves, on your person and out of view;
  • Keep your handbag zipped and carry it under your arm, with the opening on the inside of your body;
  • Make sure you don’t leave bags or handbags unattended on shopping trolleys or under tables at cafes, for example;
  • Never carry your PIN numbers in the same purse or wallet as your bank cards;
  • Get hold of a purse chain that will secure your purse or wallet to the inside of a bag or belt loop, alerting you straight away if someone tries to steal it;
  • Don’t keep your wallet in a back pocket – store it in an inside pocket of your trousers or jacket, or in a secure bag;
  • Be on the lookout for any suspicious activity and report anything you see to police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or, in an emergency, 999.

For more information or to speak to the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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