A POLICE commissioner is set to hand out jingle bells to keep shoppers safe this week.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, is helping to deter sneaky purse thieves by handing out the little bells to members of the public in a roadshow at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre on Thursday.
Mr Coppinger will be helping to provide crime prevention advice, while also seeking views on his plans for policing over the next year.
His stint in Middleton Grange is one of four roadshow events in central shopping locations across Cleveland.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “At this time of year it is important that people are aware of the dangers of crime and take all the measures possible to prevent them from becoming victims themselves.
“These roadshows are also an opportunity for me to get out and about and meet with the residents of Cleveland, who do not necessarily wish to come to specific policing meetings, and ensure that their views are reflected in my future plans for policing across the area.”
Police constable Steve Cranston from Cleveland Police said: “As shoppers are rushing around trying to grab some bargains, thieves will be trying to grab purses.
“I would urge shoppers to ensure that their belongings are safe and secure, that bags are zipped up and no shopping is left on view, but away in the boot.
“Crime prevention advice is extremely important at this time of year and I would ask people to visit the roadshow stand.”
As well as the handy seasonal crime prevention advice, shoppers will be able to have their say on local policing, and get a free property marking kit so that stolen and recovered items are more easily traceable.
The Hartlepool roadshow will take place between 11am and 1pm.
There will be another event in Redcar High Street on December 15 from 11am to 1pm.