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Safer Ryedale funds purse bells to reduce thefts
SAFER Ryedale has funded the purchase of purse bells to be given to the elderly and vulnerable to reduce thefts.
The small bells are attached to the zip of a purse, alerting the owner and people nearby if anyone tries to grab it.
Gail Cook, community partnerships officer, said elderly residents who had already received the purse bells, described them as a lifeline. One, she said, had previously been scared to leave her house but now felt safe enough to go out shopping.
“We are advising shoppers to take extra care of their belongings while they are out and about,” Gail said.
“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 Andy Everitt, of Ryedale Police, said “The purse bells are designed to be a deterrent to thieves and we want to make them available to as many elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents as possible.
“The small amount of funding allocated to this project brings enormous benefits to people. Something as simple as a pair of bells can make the difference between someone feeling trapped at home and feeling safe enough to go out.”
The purse bells are available for elderly, disabled and vulnerable Ryedale residents and are available at police stations and Ryedale District Council.
For more information phone Gail Cook on 01653 600666 ext 314 or email email@example.com