POSTERS highlighting the dangers of pickpockets are being put up around Chesterfield town centre to try to prevent shoppers falling victim.
They have been produced by Derbyshire Police and the town’s Community Safety Partnership to remind people to take care of their personal belongings and urge people to keep money out of sight.
The initiative has been launched following a spate of incidents in the area. On Monday, May 12, a 75-year-old woman’s purse was taken from her bag while she was in the British Heart Foundation charity shop in the town. And at around 11am on Monday, May 9, a 76-year-old woman had her purse stolen from her bag sometime between leaving the Post Office and entering another charity shop in the town centre.
PC Steve O’Callaghan, of the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “There have been a number of purse thefts in recent months and the posters are one of a number of things we are doing to raise awareness of the problem. By informing people we hope they will take some simple steps to help prevent themselves becoming a victim of this type of crime.”