Purse chains given out to Buxton shoppers

MORE than a hundred purse chains have been given out to shoppers in Buxton as part of a partnership crime prevention campaign.

PCSO Matt Cox of the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team (SNT) joined forces with Buxton Retailers Against Crime (BRAC) to hand out and fit the chains in the Spring Gardens on Thursday, September 15.

Shoppers were given advice on how they can reduce the potential of having their purse stolen and the chains, which have been supplied by both BRAC and Derbyshire police, were fitted free of charge.

The chains are used to attach the purse to a zip inside a handbag, to help prevent the purse being stolen from the bag. They may also alert the shopper, who might feel their purse being ‘tugged’.

People also had the chance to find out more about BRAC and the work they do to prevent and reduce retail crime in Buxton

PCSO Matt Cox of the Buxton SNT said: “We want people to be safe and secure while they are out shopping, and we are pleased to be working alongside BRAC to help shoppers to avoid having their purses stolen.

“It can be easy to become distracted while you are out and about browsing the shops but we would always urge people to make sure that they keep their handbags zipped up and their purse out of sight.”

More events are set to be held in the town centre as the busy shopping Christmas shopping period approaches.

To contact the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0345 123 33 33 or email buxton.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.