Police give security tips with bells on

POLICE have been handing out bells in Thornbury as part of a Christmas crime prevention scheme.

Neighbourhood policing teams in the town are hoping to help locals keep their property safe over the festive period.

PC Natalie Draper said: “With the town and the shops extra busy in the run up to Christmas, we have already had a couple of reports of pickpocketing in Thornbury. “Please don’t leave your handbag in your shopping trolley. Make sure you keep your wallet, purse, mobile phone and keys in an inside pocket or keep your handbag close.

“Thieves may also target your car if you go back to leave bags in the vehicle while you carry on shopping.”

She has handed out around 300 purse bells to shoppers which are designed to clip onto your purse or wallet and alert you if someone tries to take it.

Police suggest logging anything which has a serial number, including bikes and electronics, on the national property database at www.immobilise.com

Tracking software can also be downloaded onto new smartphones and tablets.

PC Sean White added: “Thornbury is a low crime area, but we have seen thieves travel here thinking we will be less security conscious, so do make sure you lock up when it gets dark as well as when you go out.

“Don’t leave the keys in the back of the door. It’s a good idea to use a timer switch to turn lights and a radio on and off to make it seem like someone is home if you don’t get in before dark.

“Keep wrapped presents and other valuables hidden away and after Christmas keep the boxes of high value goods out of sight until the recycling is collected.”

For more crime prevention advice visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or call the force on 101.

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