Clip on a fes­tive bell to beat pickpockets

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON Po­lice has urged shop­pers to be on the look out for pickpockets in the run up to Christ­mas.

Of­fi­cers from Uxbridge Town Cen­tre polic­ing team will con­tinue to run Op­er­a­tion Wixan, which sees en­hanced high vis­i­bil­ity polic­ing with plain clothed of­fi­cers pa­trolling the town cen­tre and tar­get­ing pickpockets.

Act­ing Sergeant James Burgess, said: “The po­lice do see an in­crease in pick pock­et­ing of­fences dur­ing this time of year due to a large num­ber of shop­pers in the lead-up to Christ­mas.

“I would like to stress that while thefts from bags and coats are un­likely to in­volve direct threats, re­al­is­ing that you’ve had some­thing stolen can still be dis­tress­ing, costly and a big in­con­ve­nience.

“I am there­fore urg­ing ev­ery­one to take the few sim­ple mea­sures to pre­vent your­self from be­com­ing a vic­tim of crime and fa­mil­iarise your­self with some of the tac­tics that they use.”

Since its launch this sum­mer, the team have ar­rested 23 peo­ple for var­i­ous of­fences such as pick pock­et­ing, dis­trac­tion theft, pos­ses­sion of drugs and drug sup­ply.

Thir­teen were charged and sent to court while a num­ber re­main on bail pend­ing fur­ther enquiries.

The team will also be giv­ing out anti-theft purse bells at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Uxbridge.

The bells sim­ply clip onto purses and bags and make a sound if they’re moved.

The dates and times that the bells will be is­sued can be found by vis­it­ing www.met.po­lice. uk/safer­neigh­bour­hoods

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