Police hand out security devices

Telford News

TheSite.co.uk, the portal for UK towns, cities and villages

> Home

> Telford Guides
> Telford Books
> Telford Adverts
> Telford Business
> Telford Web Sites
> Telford Accommodation
> Telford Restaurants
> Telford Attractions
> Telford Events
> Telford Photos

[email protected]

Site Designed By
Commatic web design logo
Commatic Limited


Police hand out security devices

Posted: 14/08/2008 00:19:26

Police in Telford are giving away a new security device to help protect shoppers from purse-snatching thieves.

More than a thousand of the purse snatch chains are now available from a variety of places including Malinsgate and Wellington Police Stations, and shoppers are being urged to take full advantage of the free offer.

The initiative has been launched in a bid to foil “purse dipping” thieves on the lookout for easy pickings. Although the number of thefts is low in Telford, police are anxious to make people more security conscious.

Mrs Anne Walker - Telford’s Neighbourhood Watch Administrator - who has organised delivery of the chains, explained why she felt the need to develop this initiative. She said:

“Although it is not a serious problem, we do get isolated incidents reported and we want to emphasise the need for people to protect their purses and other valuables.

“We have obtained several thousand purse chains which are now available free of charge. People can bring their bags in to Telford’s two main police stations to collect a chain and we will demonstrate how to fit it, which is easily done and only takes a few seconds.

“The chains will also be available at our Neighbourhood Watch surgeries at Newport and Wellington Markets, and also at the Police Surgery at Asda supermarket in Donnington run by the Local Policing Team.

“Purse chains have been given out already at this surgery, many to the elderly in the Donnington community, and due to the demand the remaining Telford Local Policing Teams will have a significant number of these chains to hand out themselves.

“I would therefore encourage shoppers to speak to their Local Police Officers or Community Support Officers when you see them out and about as they should be able to provide a chain and give instruction on how to fit them.

“In addition, attached to each chain is a shopping trolley coin that can be used instead of a pound coin when unlocking a trolley at the supermarket.”

Mrs Walker said the chains have been funded by a partnership including Telford’s Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership, the Donnington Partnership and Wrekin Housing Trust, all of whom have been extremely supportive in helping the police counter crime.

“The beauty of this device is that it is simple to operate, cheap for us to buy and has a proven track record in helping prevent crime,” she said.

“It’s a very simple device, easy to fit and it really works so we want people in Telford to take advantage of this free offer. However, it’s important to stress that for the device to work properly one end of the chain has to be attached to a loop or zipper on the purse and the other to a loop or zipper on the handbag or shopping bag.

“This means that if a thief tries to steal the purse, the shopper will feel a tug because the chain is quite strong and is not going to break.

“Although thankfully thefts such as this remain rare, victims are often the elderly or vulnerable and we believe that these chains are a great security measure which should protect purses and help prevent the distress and misery which results when they are stolen.”

This initiative follows similar exercises that have been run by police in Shropshire where more than 1000 chains were supplied to shoppers calling at the town centre office within a week.

Permalink: http://www.thesite.co.uk/viewnewsstory.asp?newsid=2629

Other Telford News

Police Warning Following Numberplate Thefts
Posted: 06/09/2008 11:41:35
Hand held metal detectors for Telford police
Posted: 03/09/2008 17:04:03
Two new CSOs take to the streets
Posted: 05/06/2008 18:41:04
Operation Phoenix A Continued Success
Posted: 30/05/2008 16:28:27
Telford Police Plan Tack Theft Awareness Day
Posted: 19/05/2008 16:24:59
Police help with Operation Coac for half term
Posted: 06/02/2008 23:37:19
Young drivers targeted at awareness days
Posted: 28/11/2007 15:12:43

Other News From Around The County

Craven Arms - Police Donation For Youth Activities
Posted: 06/01/2010 09:58:38
Church Aston - Residents invited to PACT meeting
Posted: 14/05/2009 19:30:28
Craven Arms - New CSO for Craven Arms
Posted: 21/04/2009 21:34:19
Much Wenlock - New tour of Museum on the Move launches
Posted: 16/03/2009 18:18:22
Melverley - Two Bull Dogs Stolen from Melverley
Posted: 11/03/2009 15:26:59
Shrewsbury - Police help Shrewsbury toy library scheme
Posted: 23/12/2008 23:30:02
Cleobury Mortimer - Major Refurbishment for Cleobury Police Station
Posted: 14/08/2008 00:20:33
Albrighton - ShopWatch demo is great success
Posted: 16/07/2008 18:52:42
Shrewsbury - Graffiti Project
Posted: 16/07/2008 18:51:54
Shrewsbury - Safer routes proposed for Racecourse Lane
Posted: 03/07/2008 23:28:18
Oswestry - Oswestry police officer commended
Posted: 12/06/2008 01:42:16
Broseley - Cycle Fun Run for Broseley youngsters
Posted: 12/06/2008 01:41:39
Shrewsbury - Youngsters to Get Taste of Army Lifestyle
Posted: 23/05/2008 21:44:00
Shrewsbury - Shrewsbury LPO Praised by Community
Posted: 23/05/2008 14:40:51
Shrewsbury - Local Officers Take on Shrewsbury Youngsters
Posted: 12/05/2008 18:55:07
Craven Arms - Witness Appeal over Serious RTC near Craven Arms
Posted: 12/05/2008 18:51:27
Shrewsbury - Police Surgeries Planned for Shrewsbury
Posted: 09/05/2008 16:27:14
Shrewsbury - Police Thank Shrewsbury People For Their Support
Posted: 07/05/2008 17:33:56
Shifnal - Re-Opening of Refurbished Police Station
Posted: 23/04/2008 17:25:02
Shrewsbury - Invite to Soccer Match in Memory of Officer
Posted: 21/04/2008 15:58:47
Ludlow - Ludlow Police Offer Free UV pens
Posted: 16/04/2008 23:36:37

Back to main Telford page

Places nearby
Ludlow (33)      
Shrewsbury (7)
Ellesmere (6)
Alveley (5)
Baschurch (5)      
Knowbury (5)
Stoke St. Milborough (5)
Tenbury Wells (5)
Church Stretton (4)      
Cockshutt (4)
Search again