Shoppers pick up advice and groceries

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Hundreds of supermarket shoppers in Chesterfield picked up crime prevention advice as well as their groceries during a police and Neighbourhood Watch event.

Police officers and Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Derek Weston set up a stall at the Tesco Extra, Lockoford Lane, to talk to customers about keeping themselves, their homes and their vehicles secure.

They also offered advice and information on how to help their children stay safe online.

Safety items were given out, including anti-theft screws for sheds and number plates, property security markers, timers and purse chains.

Residents also had a chance to join their local Neighbourhood Watch group or sign up to Derbyshire Alert, a free messaging service that uses text messages, voicemail recordings and email to alert people across the county to any crimes, events, public meetings and other police-related issues.

PCSO Jude Cornwall, who helped to organise the event, said: “The event was all about helping people to stay safe and secure no matter where they are or what they are doing.

“As well as holding a stall, we also had officers stopping and offering advice to shoppers who appeared vulnerable by leaving handbags unzipped or unattended in a trolley.

“We found the initiative was really worthwhile as we were able to speak to a significant number of people and raise awareness about crime prevention measures.

“We were also able to offer reassurance to many residents and chat about any concerns.”

For more information or to sign up to Derbyshire Alert visit www.derbyshirealert.co.uk or call Derbyshire Police on 101.