Bells ring out a warning

Published Friday, 7 February 2020

Shoppers, visitors and residents are being warned to be on their guard from pickpockets as the Safer Bromley Partnership issue free bells for purses and wallets available in High Street charity shops.

The bells act as an audible alert to customers if a purse or wallet is disturbed as well as acting as a deterrent to pickpockets. Available free at the till points of High Street charity shops in Bromley, Beckenham and Orpington, the bells are supplied by the Safer Bromley Partnership. Customers picking one up are encouraged to make a small donation to charity.

Councillor Kate Lymer Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said “It’s easy to become distracted when browsing for shopping. That’s why the Safer Bromley Partnership aims to keep customers safe and is issuing free bells for purses and wallets to raise awareness.”

Pickpockets often prey on the elderly and vulnerable in crowded shops but everyone needs to be wary, particularly in shopping centres and high streets where there are many distractions.

To ensure you don't become a victim of crime the advice is to follow these simple suggestions: keep purses secure and carry them in an inside pocket; zip up hand and shoulder bags; carry bags in front of you with flaps against your body; keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm; don’t display jewellery and don’t show your money — keep it safely in your pocket.

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