£15,000 to ring the bell on thefts in Shipley

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Barry Cooper, of Perkins Jewellers, in Shipley, with bells the traders are giving to customers to attach to purses to stop pickpockets Barry Cooper, of Perkins Jewellers, in Shipley, with bells the traders are giving to customers to attach to purses to stop pickpockets

Shipley traders are hoping to crack down on criminals targeting shoppers by handing out £15,000 of anti-crime equipment.

The town’s Business Watch scheme is hailing a success this year after the number of people who were purse-dipped or pick-pocketed almost halved.

Between January and December of this year there were 12 reports of theft from people, compared to 23 over the same time period in 2012.

Business Watch treasurer Barry Cooper said the organisation had been making a concerted effort to make better use of shop radios which allow traders to tip each other off about suspicious behaviour.

“It’s something we’ve worked really hard on in our scheme to make sure we’re sharing all the information we can,” he said.

As well as shops, Shipley police officers also have radios which link to a CCTV control room so cameras can be trained on possible criminals.

This year for the first time, the group has paid for 7,500 bells and 1,000 purse cables, plus some mobile phone cables, which are being given out at shops throughout the town.

The bells and cables, which cost £1.50 to £3 each, can be attached to bags and belongings to stop phones and purses being taken. Mr Cooper said: “It’s something for our loyal customers, just to give them that little bit of extra protection,” Mr Cooper said, adding that the response from shoppers so far had been extremely positive.

“They usually ask if they can have one for a friend. I went to give some to a shop the other day and was stopped at the bus stop and had to give some away to four people who were asking.”

Shipley Neighbourhood Inspector Hugh Robinson said: “We welcome the reduction in theft from person offences and continue to work with the town centre manager and Business Watch scheme.

“We hold monthly meetings where crime and other issues are discussed.

“We also link into the Shopwatch radio system operated within Shipley town centre and are looking at closer ties with the business community."

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11:01am Wed 18 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Anything that will help and increase people's awareness, is worthwhile. However the figures don't prove that it has worked, it could just as easily be that a pickpocket tried his/her luck elsewhere.
Anything that will help and increase people's awareness, is worthwhile. However the figures don't prove that it has worked, it could just as easily be that a pickpocket tried his/her luck elsewhere. Albion.

12:16pm Wed 18 Dec 13

ivegate says...

Albion. wrote:
Anything that will help and increase people's awareness, is worthwhile. However the figures don't prove that it has worked, it could just as easily be that a pickpocket tried his/her luck elsewhere.
Nearly 50% reduction suggests somethings working.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Anything that will help and increase people's awareness, is worthwhile. However the figures don't prove that it has worked, it could just as easily be that a pickpocket tried his/her luck elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Nearly 50% reduction suggests somethings working. ivegate

1:08pm Wed 18 Dec 13

OLDLAD says...

Less people shopping therefore less pickpocket crimes. Simples!
Less people shopping therefore less pickpocket crimes. Simples! OLDLAD

10:39am Thu 19 Dec 13

Banni2 says...

This is a fantastic idea and should be rolled out throughout the Bradford district. With regards to the thieving scum who prey on innocent people they should be made to forfeit their freedom and made to clean the districts roads over Christmas and the New Year,
This is a fantastic idea and should be rolled out throughout the Bradford district. With regards to the thieving scum who prey on innocent people they should be made to forfeit their freedom and made to clean the districts roads over Christmas and the New Year, Banni2

3:45pm Thu 19 Dec 13

gruffalo66 says...

So you take a statistically completely insignificant crime (one per month out of how many thousands of visits to the town centre?), and spend £15,000 spreading a message that the town has a pick-pocket problem.
And then you get an article in the T&A with a headline that shouts THEFTS IN SHIPLEY!

This is pure genius! For a minute I was thinking you were spending £15,000 on trying to encourage people to visit the town centre. I can see that this is instead a very cleaver plan to reduce crime by putting us all off coming at all.

You sir deserve a very special prize.
So you take a statistically completely insignificant crime (one per month out of how many thousands of visits to the town centre?), and spend £15,000 spreading a message that the town has a pick-pocket problem. And then you get an article in the T&A with a headline that shouts THEFTS IN SHIPLEY! This is pure genius! For a minute I was thinking you were spending £15,000 on trying to encourage people to visit the town centre. I can see that this is instead a very cleaver plan to reduce crime by putting us all off coming at all. You sir deserve a very special prize. gruffalo66

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