This is beating crime with bells on

WITH bells on their purses – the elderly and vulnerable can reduce thefts.

Charity Sight Support requested the help of Safer Ryedale to purchase the bells for their service users.

People will be able to attach a pair of small bells to the zip of their purse, if anyone tries to grab the purse the owner and people nearby are immediately alerted by the noise.

Sandi Clark, crime and disorder Officer said “We are advising shoppers to take extra care of their belongings while they are out and about.

“Be extra vigilant of people around you and be aware of where your belongings are should anyone try to distract you.

“Never leave your handbag unattended, or in a shopping trolley and always securely fasten your handbag, with the opening zip or flap next to your body.”

Inspector Tim Hutchinson said: “The purse bells are designed to be a deterrent to thieves and we want to make them available to as many elderly, disabled an vulnerable residents as possible”.

The purse bells are available for elderly disabled and vulnerable Ryedale residents who request them at police stations and Ryedale District Council.