Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) carried out a crime prevention day in Borehamwood this week, to help shoppers keep their personal belongings more secure.
Earlier this month, police received reports of three purses and a mobile phone being stolen from people in the town centre. The majority of the victims were elderly or vulnerable females.
In response, patrols have been stepped up and officers spent time on Wednesday (16 August) chatting to shoppers in the town, giving them advice on how to avoid becoming a target for opportunist thieves. They also handed out free purse bells and chains.
Alongside this, officers visited local shops and spoke to staff about how they can help keep their customers safe. New posters were also put up on display.
PC Jacob Camilleri, from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We want to make sure we’re doing all we can to keep people safe when they visit the town centre. This operation enabled us to speak with a number of shoppers and businesses, to share advice and discuss any concerns. I’d like to thank everyone who engaged with us throughout the day.
“Sadly, it takes just seconds for an opportunist thief to strike. If you are out and about, please remain vigilant and take precautions to keep your belongings secure. Ensure purses are kept at the bottom of a zipped bag or shopping trolley and never leave it unattended. If you need to carry cash, try not to withdraw large amounts.”