Don’t be a victim of purse theft this Christmas

Purse being taken by a thief

Published: Thursday 14th December 2023 | 3.08pm

Following a small number of purse thefts in Cannock town centre, Cannock Chase Council’s Community Safety team has funded additional purse charms for residents in the district this winter.

Purse charms can alert you if someone is trying to steal your purse or wallet. This type of crime is called purse dipping and is most common in busy town centres, shops or public spaces.

These charms are a simple but effective personal security item and are suitable for people of all ages. Simply clip the charm to the zip on your purse or wallet and if someone tries to dip into your handbag the twin bells will jingle to alert you to any potential theft.

The purse charms are available immediately for residents to collect from the Civic Centre in Cannock and at Cannock and Rugeley Police Stations. Officers from the Local Policing Team will also be distributing them when out on patrol.

Councillor Jo Elson, Portfolio Leader for Community Wellbeing, said: “The purse charm initiative has been very successful in previous years with stock going very quickly.  

“In the weeks leading up to Christmas there are more people shopping in our town centres. These purse charms are a simple but effective way of keeping your purse or wallet safe.”  

Inspector Chris Moss, Deputy Local Policing Commander said: “The local policing team are working hard to prevent crime and make the area as safe as possible, and we work with Cannock Chase Council on several initiatives to achieve this. The purse charms are proven to be an effective deterrent and we encourage members of the public to take up this offer and protect their belongings. 

"Officers will be handing these purse charms out when on patrol, so look out for us or follow @cannockpolice on social media. If you have vulnerable relatives who would benefit from this kind of crime prevention, please pop into your local Police Station or Cannock Chase Council’s reception.”

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