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City centre officers work hard to keep shoppers and visitors safe and secure in Derby

Posted on 8th December 2014

Derby City Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team have increased their patrols in the city in the run up to Christmas.Bag-dipping

Officers and PCSOs are working closely with local partner agencies to ensure anyone visiting Derby City retail and entertainment venues stay safe and have an enjoyable experience.

Sergeant Brian Clifton in charge of City Policing said: “Purse and shop thefts often increase during December; partly due to the large numbers of people enjoying what the city has to offer.

“Theft from person usually known as bag dipping has reduced this year and we would like to keep it that way.

“I urge shoppers not to become complacent and by taking a few simple precautions they can make it more difficult for the opportunist thief to take advantage.”

Advice for shoppers:

  • A simple deterrent such as purse bells, chains and alarms can be obtained by attending the City Centre Police office near to the Assembly Rooms Market Place.   
  • Do not leave your purse or bag unattended. It is all too easy to become distracted when shopping for gifts or trying on clothing.
  • Handbags should be carried with the zips to the front; this will make it more difficult for anyone trying to unzip your bag that will be in your line of sight.
  • Do not place handbags over the backs of chairs when having refreshments in restaurants or cafes, again this provides opportunity for a thief to enter your bag and remove your purse/items.
  • When using cash point machines be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

Sgt Clifton also added: “In addition to the safety of our city, our officers are also using new anti-social behavior (ASB) powers under the Crime and Police Act 2014.

“Anyone who is causing or likely to cause nuisance behaviour such as begging or drinking in the street will be given a notice to leave the city and not to return up to a maximum of 48 hours, anyone given a notice may be subject to arrest.

“ASB incidents in the city have also reduced this year and we are keen to keep on reducing them.

“Again I urge members of the public not to encourage begging as in most cases this money goes to fund activities that are not beneficial to the individual.

“There are a number of premises throughout the city who will be opening their doors to anyone who is homeless or has nowhere to go during the difficult winter months.

“Our City Centre Team will be supporting these night provisions and helping those in need of food, warmth and a bed for the night.”   

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