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27/11/2012 Middlesbrough

New Weapon against Thefts from Shoppers

Crime Reduction experts in Middlesbrough are unveiling their latest weapon in the fight against purse, wallet and bag thefts as the town centre fills up with Christmas shoppers.

Police will be setting up shop in the Cleveland Centre on Friday (30th November) and will be giving away free bells to attach to personal items so owners can be aware if they are being stolen.

And the officers hope visitors to their Jingle Bells campaign stall which will be at the top end of the centre near the Centre Manager’s Office will sign up for the town’s Neighbourhood Watch scheme so they can play an active part in deterring and reducing crime.

PC Steve Cranston, Crime Prevention Officer for Middlesbrough District said: “Purse bells have been used with great effect in other towns in our force and we hope as many people as possible will take up our offer of free bells.  We’d also like to encourage residents to sign up for our Neighbourhood Watch scheme – it’s a great way to meet your neighbours and to make a real difference in your community.”

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