Rugby First scheme aims to deter criminal activity in town this Christmas

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SHOPPERS in Rugby will be given free bells to deter pickpockets during the Christmas season.

The free bells will be handed out by Rugby Rangers to people in the town centre to help protect shoppers in the busy Christmas period.

The cat bells simply attach to wallets and purses and alert shoppers if thieves try to steal them.

The scheme, now in its fourth year, will involve hundreds of bells being dispensed in Rugby town centre over the next four weeks, along with advice on protecting people from becoming a victim of thieves.

Aftab Gaffar, operations director of town centre management firm Rugby First, said: “The cat bells are simple but extremely effective as a crime prevention tool and have always proved popular with the public, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. They are part of the Christmas Cracker campaign which, alongside CCTV and extra police patrols, sends a clear message to criminals – we are watching you and you are not welcome in Rugby town centre.”

To get your bells speak to a town ranger who will provide them to you for free and help fit them to your purse or wallet.

People who spot any suspicious activity should report it to shop staff, rangers or police immediately.