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Police team hit the town to give shoppers Christmas crime prevention advice

Posted on 30th November 2016

Officers from Derby City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team will be hitting the town this Friday (December, 2) to give shoppers Christmas crime prevention advice. 

The event, being held on St Peter’s Cross, St Peter’s Street in Derby city centre, is aimed at giving advice to shoppers about the particular risks at this time of year. 

Officers will be on St Peter’s Cross between 10am and 2.30pm. 

Sergeant Brian Clifton, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing for the city centre, explained: “ Shoppers can be particularly vulnerable to crime at this time of year as it is a busy period, people have a lot on their mind which means that they can be distracted from the risks. 

“This event is designed to get to the heart of the city, to meet and spend a few minutes with shoppers and alert them to the possible dangers. 

“Derby is a safe and vibrant place to visit with a variety of shops and we want to do all we can to ensure that people visiting the city do so safely. 

“We will also have information of the dangers of cybercrime with some information on how shoppers can stay safe on-line.” 

Sergeant Clifton has the following advice for shoppers: 

  • Don’t carry too much cash and keep your purse or wallet close to your body
  • If travelling by car, park in a well-lit area, keep all valuables and purchases out of sight
  • If you go for coffee or lunch, don’t put your bag over the back of a chair or anywhere readily accessible to others
  • Consider smaller shopping trips - too many bags affords more opportunity for someone to steal from you. 

 

For more information contact the team on 101. Alternatively, send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.

 

 

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