Safer Neighbourhood officers are asking Alfreton residents to be on their guard whilst out shopping in the run up to Christmas.
Officers will be carrying out high visibility and plain clothes patrols in the town centre in a bid to deter thieves and catch shoplifters in the act.
The team are urging people to be extra vigilant whilst out shopping and to take steps to protect themselves from bag dippers.
Sergeant Simon Street from the Alfreton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Shops in Alfreton are especially busy at this time of year, and thieves will target these places as they are the most crowded with shoppers.
“They will often select a shopper who is busy choosing Christmas cards or trying on clothes and not paying much attention to their own belongings. I saw bags left on the floor during patrols; thieves see an open handbag and an easy steal.
“Alfreton is a very safe place to live and shop and as yet we haven’t had a problem from shoplifting and bag dippers and we would like to keep it this way. Please take care, be vigilant and have a great Christmas.”
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