Police offer residents purse bells after 'constant trickle' of thefts

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Vicky Cruickshanks, who works at Maldon police station, shows off the purse bells Vicky Cruickshanks, who works at Maldon police station, shows off the purse bells

Police are warning shoppers to remain vigilant with their handbags in Maldon after there has been a “constant trickle” of purse dippings.

Officers at Maldon Police Station are offering purse bells to residents after numerous handbags have been entered in recent months.

The bells can be picked up at the station’s front office.

The latest purse dipping happened on February 26 in the High Street, between 11.15am and 11.30am.

See this week's Standard for the full story.

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3:55pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Regbluebottle says...

Oh whoopee! That'll stop the thieving ratbags in their tracks!


How about some decent policing and CCTV?
Oh whoopee! That'll stop the thieving ratbags in their tracks! How about some decent policing and CCTV? Regbluebottle
  • Score: 3

12:03pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

How can anyone not tell when someone is going in their handbags? Are they left open? Are the purses visible?
How can anyone not tell when someone is going in their handbags? Are they left open? Are the purses visible? Jack222
  • Score: -1

12:07pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

No amount of policing would stop this minor annoyance because any sensible criminal will obviously wait till the police have moved on. Now, police - even PCSO (police on the cheap) are expensive. I don't want my council tax to zoom up to pay for police to not achieve anything.

Are all the thefts from 'open' handbags would be useful to know . (I suspect so). Or handbags stored on people's backs?

I'd go with how about a bit more taking personal responsibility and have hand bags closed with clips and zips.
No amount of policing would stop this minor annoyance because any sensible criminal will obviously wait till the police have moved on. Now, police - even PCSO (police on the cheap) are expensive. I don't want my council tax to zoom up to pay for police to not achieve anything. Are all the thefts from 'open' handbags would be useful to know . (I suspect so). Or handbags stored on people's backs? I'd go with how about a bit more taking personal responsibility and have hand bags closed with clips and zips. Jack222
  • Score: -2

1:25pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Dengie D says...

We urgently need a Police presence on our streets, how bad will they allow things to get before they do something about it.
We urgently need a Police presence on our streets, how bad will they allow things to get before they do something about it. Dengie D
  • Score: 0

11:50am Tue 11 Mar 14

FamouSam says...

Dengie D wrote:
We urgently need a Police presence on our streets, how bad will they allow things to get before they do something about it.
'how bad will they allow things to get before they do something about it'

It's unfortunate for you that you live in such a harsh and violent time in our country's history.

I'm sure many generations of kids will be told tales about how dangerous it used to be to walk on Maldon High St without a small bell attached to your bag.

Clearly these crimes are worth a squadron of police officers wandering up and down the street and perhaps a few tanks at either end of the strip.
[quote][p][bold]Dengie D[/bold] wrote: We urgently need a Police presence on our streets, how bad will they allow things to get before they do something about it.[/p][/quote]'how bad will they allow things to get before they do something about it' It's unfortunate for you that you live in such a harsh and violent time in our country's history. I'm sure many generations of kids will be told tales about how dangerous it used to be to walk on Maldon High St without a small bell attached to your bag. Clearly these crimes are worth a squadron of police officers wandering up and down the street and perhaps a few tanks at either end of the strip. FamouSam
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Dengie D says...

Exaggerating a legitimate concern is pathetic response FamouSam, we pay for Police presence and it’s perfectly justifiable to criticise it’s absence and it’s affect on our community. But I guess as long as you’re all right?
Exaggerating a legitimate concern is pathetic response FamouSam, we pay for Police presence and it’s perfectly justifiable to criticise it’s absence and it’s affect on our community. But I guess as long as you’re all right? Dengie D
  • Score: -1

2:28pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

1) A police presence would have no impact on this issue - the petty thieves would wait till the police were at the other end of the street.

2) I just walked down the High Street to the Post Office and back. Roughly 20% of handbags were not closed!

Surely the first rule before we waste money on very expensive police is to take responsibility for our own actions. - were these thefts from open or closed handbags? I suspect many will be open. It's like leaving keys in cars when one is away from a car or a house open when no-one was in. Live in the real world - and take responsibility for your own actions. The world is not a perfect place...
1) A police presence would have no impact on this issue - the petty thieves would wait till the police were at the other end of the street. 2) I just walked down the High Street to the Post Office and back. Roughly 20% of handbags were not closed! Surely the first rule before we waste money on very expensive police is to take responsibility for our own actions. - were these thefts from open or closed handbags? I suspect many will be open. It's like leaving keys in cars when one is away from a car or a house open when no-one was in. Live in the real world - and take responsibility for your own actions. The world is not a perfect place... Jack222
  • Score: 0

7:30pm Tue 11 Mar 14

FamouSam says...

Jack222 wrote:
1) A police presence would have no impact on this issue - the petty thieves would wait till the police were at the other end of the street.

2) I just walked down the High Street to the Post Office and back. Roughly 20% of handbags were not closed!

Surely the first rule before we waste money on very expensive police is to take responsibility for our own actions. - were these thefts from open or closed handbags? I suspect many will be open. It's like leaving keys in cars when one is away from a car or a house open when no-one was in. Live in the real world - and take responsibility for your own actions. The world is not a perfect place...
Agreed Jack.

Dengie D won't be happy until we have drones patrolling the street. Perhaps we could knock down the church to make a landing strip.

Or we could ask the Russians to invade. This would certainly put an end to petty theft.

Personally I'm pleased our police are solving serious crimes and preventing life threatening danger on our roads instead of wandering around on the High St..
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: 1) A police presence would have no impact on this issue - the petty thieves would wait till the police were at the other end of the street. 2) I just walked down the High Street to the Post Office and back. Roughly 20% of handbags were not closed! Surely the first rule before we waste money on very expensive police is to take responsibility for our own actions. - were these thefts from open or closed handbags? I suspect many will be open. It's like leaving keys in cars when one is away from a car or a house open when no-one was in. Live in the real world - and take responsibility for your own actions. The world is not a perfect place...[/p][/quote]Agreed Jack. Dengie D won't be happy until we have drones patrolling the street. Perhaps we could knock down the church to make a landing strip. Or we could ask the Russians to invade. This would certainly put an end to petty theft. Personally I'm pleased our police are solving serious crimes and preventing life threatening danger on our roads instead of wandering around on the High St.. FamouSam
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