Published 22nd June 2011
At a recent coffee morning, residents of Wesley Grange were visited by Merseyside Police in an Wirral Methodist HA initiative to reduce the number of purse, wallet and handbag thefts.
Local PCSO Richie and Police Officer Matt gave a personal safety talk to all residents, to raise awareness of pickpockets. Followed by the issuing of FREE Purse bells and audible electronic alarms to all residents, courtesy of a Merseyside Police Property Fund grant.
Jill Carter Community Liaison Officer said; “We were very pleased to receive a generous grant from Merseyside Police to supply our tenants with purse bells and alarms. The bells are not only a deterrent for thieves, but they also act as a reminder to secure your wallet or purse”.
The purse bells are clipped to a wallet or purse and if anyone tries to move the purse, the bell rings to alert the owner of the purse that someone maybe stealing their purse or wallet. For those residents carrying a bag on a walking frame or with a hearing impairment the electronic alarm makes a louder sound to alert the resident that someone is interfering with their bag or its belongings.
Merseyside Police offered the following advice:
1)Keep your bag closed and close to you, if possible with the opening towards your body.
2)Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till.
3)Try not to overload yourself with bags and coats.
4)Avoid carrying your purse or wallet in the back pocket of your trousers.
5)Keep cash secure and out of sight.