Town centre partners have taken a pro-active approach to help prevent crime this Christmas by giving a number of security gadgets as part of a special event.
Blackburn Business against Crime teamed up with an ambassador from the Blackburn BID, three town centre PCSO’s and Mall security staff to distribute the public with early Christmas presents on Thursday, 10th December.
The team handed out a number of crime prevention contraptions including 500 jingle bells for shoppers to attach to their bags, 150 personal attack alarms, 150 anti-phone theft attachments and over 150 UV marker pens.
The crime prevention event, took place across three venues, including the Townsmoor Costa Coffee, Barclays Bank and in the Mall shopping centre.
Participants also put up over 50 signs on all of the main car parks around the town reminding drivers to lock their cars and to keep all valuables out of sight.
Hundreds of anti-theft, fraud advice and ATM posters have been distributed to businesses around the town.
The Mall Blackburn’s Security Manager, Ronnie O’Keeffe, said: “We like to raise awareness, particularly at this time of year in the run up to Christmas. People at this time of year are busy buying things, so they’ve got money in their pockets and we want to keep them safe. Being part of this event allows us to engage shoppers and inform them on a wide range of crime prevention topics. Events like these are a great way for shoppers to receive trusted advice from several organisations to help them stay safe.”