Shoppers given advice about crime

CRIMINALS brazenly approaching shoppers in Ipswich town centre on Monday are no cause for alarm - just a reminder to take care not to become a victim of crime.

BURGLARS brazenly approaching shoppers in Ipswich town centre on Monday are no cause for alarm - just a reminder to take care not to become a victim of crime.

The swag-bag carrying, striped-jumper clad crooks are promoting Not In My Neighbourhood week, which aims to highlight crime reduction and community safety work going on around the county.

The community safety crime initiative will see shoppers being handed bells which can be attached to purses and bags to provide a warning if anyone tries to tamper with them when they are out and about.

Council officers will also be marking mobile phones with ultra-violet pens and encouraging shoppers to sign up their valuables on the national immobilise database.

The database, at www.immobilise.com allows users to register the serial number of mobile phones and other items including bikes and MP3 players, free of charge.

Other events on the theme of community safety and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour are planned throughout the week, including a community clear-up in the Cambridge Drive area, with help from the YMCA Jump project.

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Graffiti boards will be set up at Whitton sports centre to encourage youngsters to express their artistic side in a safe way, and free fishing lessons are available for children who want to learn about a new hobby.

For more information, contact Catherine Booty on 01473 433440 or e-mail community.safety@ipswich.gov.uk.

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