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Cardboard police to tackle pickpockets

By Andy Madden     Mar 9, 2009 in Crime
A police force in the northeastern England will use cardboard cut-outs of police officers in an attempt to crack down on pickpockets.
Due to a spate of thefts mainly on older women, the Redcar Neighbourhood Policing Team have launched a campaign aimed at deterring pickpockets and creating awareness.
The cardboard cut-outs will be placed in the town’s shops, reports, The Middlesbrough Evening Gazette and shoppers will be offered anti-theft devices, such as bells that can be clamped to a purse.
Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Derek Knight said: “Since Christmas we’ve seen an increase in thefts from elderly ladies. Last weekend alone, three were reported and one of the purses had a substantial amount of money in it.”
Redcar police have put up posters in shops and handed out leaflets but believe the cardboard cut-outs, which have already been tried out, are more effective.
It is hoped that the cardboard cut-outs used in this high-profile campaign will deter would-be thieves, reminding them that they are being watched.
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