Jingle bells: PSNI offer shoppers festive way to fend off thieves at Christmas

Police in Lisburn are offering free bells for shoppers to attach to their wallets and purses to prevent pickpockets. Pic: PSNI

Police in Lisburn are offering free bells for shoppers to attach to their wallets and purses to prevent pickpockets. Pic: PSNI

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Police in Lisburn are offering shoppers a festive way of fending off thieves this Christmas.

In the wake of a recent pickpocket strike in the city centre, the public has been urged to be extra vigilant when out and about. To make the warning even more efficient, the PSNI are now offering sets of bells to clip on to wallets and purses so thieves can’t make off with them quite so easily.

The aim is that when a thief reaches for a purse, the jingling of bells will alert the owner.

Anyone who is interested in obtaining a set of bells is invited to call into Lisburn police station where they are available free of charge.

The latest advice comes after one woman had money stolen from her purse by a pickpocket in a shop on Bow Street when out Christmas shopping on Monday.

A spokesperson for Lisburn PSNI said: “Although not very common, this incident highlights the need for shoppers to be vigilant with their belongings, especially at this time of year when shops are very busy.

“Consider moving your wallet to your front pocket instead of keeping it in your back pocket and keep handbags closed when not in use.

For an extra bit of security you could attach a set of purse bells to your purse. The bells will hopefully make a noise if your purse is grabbed or your hand bag zip is opened.

“If you want a set of bells just call into Lisburn enquiry office and politely ask the lovely ladies behind the counter, no cost for the bells.”

Officers have appealed for information regarding Monday’s theft which occurred between approximately 1300 and 1315 hours.

If you may have witnessed the incident or have any information contact Police on 101, quoting serial 1030 12/12/16.