Sidmouth PCSO pickpocket prevention

PUBLISHED: 20:01 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:52 17 June 2010

SIDMOUTH PCSOs will be handing our lanyards next week to vulnerable people who may be targeted by pickpockets. The lanyards, which can be attached to purses and wallets, will be distributed to elderly people in the hope that it will prevent pickpockets.

SIDMOUTH PCSOs will be handing our lanyards next week to "vulnerable people" who may be targeted by pickpockets.

The lanyards, which can be attached to purses and wallets, will be distributed to elderly people in the hope that it will prevent pickpockets.

PCSO Jay Pepper, who is the driving force behind the 'Purse Safe Day', said: "We will be handing the lanyards out to vulnerable people and demonstrating how to attach them.

"We want to give them out before Christmas as people tend to carry a lot of money around at this time of the year.

"This type of crime is a problem in Sidmouth but hopefully this will deter the pickpockets."

Over 500 lanyards were given to Sidmouth Police by Gerry Moore of East and Mid Devon Safety Partnership Team and Nick Farrell, Crime Prevention Officer, gave the scheme the green-light.

They will be divided between Seaton, Axminster, Honiton and Ottery St Mary Police who will all be holding 'Purse Safe Days' at various times over the next couple of weeks.

PCSOs Jay Pepper, Alex Powell and Steve Blanchford-Cox will be giving out the lanyards at the Market Square in Sidmouth from 10am-12noon on Monday, December 15.

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