Safety tips for shoppers

Officers from the Walton and West Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team have been out spotting vulnerable vehicles and helping shoppers stay safe at a Chesterfield supermarket.
Officers from the Walton and West Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team have been out spotting vulnerable vehicles and helping shoppers stay safe at a Chesterfield supermarket.
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Bobbies on the beat showed shoppers how to stay safe during an operation in Chesterfield.

Officers from the Walton and West safer neighbourhood team spotted vulnerable vehicles during patrols at Morrison’s on Chatsworth Road.

Pc Dave Randell and PCSO Kirsty Handby also spent a number of hours speaking to local residents, fitting purse chains and offering safety advice.

PCSO Handby said: “The event was really successful because we had the chance to speak with many local residents and raise awareness of how to stay safe both while shopping and also when you leave your vehicle.”

While at the store, the officers checked for cars which had been parked up and left with valuables on show, a window open or a door unlocked, as part of the Vulnerable Vehicle Scheme.

The scheme has been launched to help reduce the number of incidents where thieves take advantage of unlocked doors or are tempted by valuables such as sat navs or iPods being left on display.

If officers come across a vulnerable vehicle, they try to contact the owner to make them aware. They inform them of the risk and encourage them to follow crime prevention advice.

In cases where it is difficult for officers to find the owner, a letter is sent to them with details of what officers found during their patrol, along with further advice and information.