City centre police are asking festive shoppers to be vigilant as a new operation is launched in Lancaster.
At Sunday’s Christmas lights switch-on, officers will hand out tiny ‘jingle bells’ for people to attach to their purses, handbags and wallets which will ring if they are picked up or snatched.
As part of the campaign, called Operation Jingle Bells, the community policing office at Lancaster bus station will be open to the public for the next few weeks and officers will be available to talk about staying safe as Christmas approaches.
PC Chris Smith, pictured below, community beat manager for Lancaster city centre’s Dukes ward, said: “The city’s shops are at their busiest in the run-up to Christmas and I would like to remind people to be vigilant when shopping.
“Be wary of other shoppers who crowd you, keep your handbag and shopping bags closed and don’t leave your purse or other valuables in view at any time.
“I would also encourage our residents to visit us at the community police office.
“As well as handing out jingle bells, my colleagues and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and show you the old police memorabilia we have in our mini museum on-site.”