Theft patrols for Christmas

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Police officers will be conducting uniform and plain clothes patrols in the Ilkeston area to combat shoplifting and theft offences over the Christmas period.

These often increase as the town becomes busier with shoppers. A similar operation ran last year which saw several arrests, including not only people known to the police, but also opportunist thieves who had stolen items on the spur of the moment.

Safer neighbourhood sergeant John Troup said: “Anyone caught stealing can expect to be dealt with accordingly.

“We would urge people shopping in the town to stay aware of their surroundings, and keep their belongings safe.

“By taking simple steps like not leaving purses and bags open or hanging from trolleys and not leaving bought items on display in cars you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.”

Sergeant Troup said people buying stolen goods were fuelling crime in the area and would face prosecution. He added: “If you are offered something that seems too good to be true then it probably is - don’t buy it and report suspicious activity to the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.