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Police launch video to raise awareness of opportunistic theft

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 13, 2014

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A SHORT video highlighting the risk of robbery has been launched by Derbyshire police to help people protect themselves from crime.

The clip illustrates how would-be criminals see valuables such as mobile phones, bikes and wallets as a quick payday.

It shows actors playing out three separate robberies, all of which were based on actual offences reported in Derbyshire in recent weeks.

The video includes crime prevention advice and is aimed at making people aware of the simple steps they can take to stop themselves being seen as an easy target by robbers.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Lamb, who was involved in the commissioning of the video, said: “A robbery can take only seconds to commit but the effect it has on the victim often lasts much longer.

“Criminals will only rob people who they think will be an easy target, and they view your valuables not as your belongings but as items they can sell on quickly and without hassle.

“It therefore pays for people to be aware of the things they can do to reduce the risk of them being viewed as an easy payday.”

The video is part of Derbyshire Constabulary’s efforts to cut the number of street robberies across the county and has already been shown to school pupils and college and university students to make them aware of the crime.

It will also be shown at events hosted by Derbyshire police and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles.

DCI Lamb said: “The advice featured in the video includes keeping to well-lit areas when you are out on your own, not advertising your mobile phone by having it in your hand all the time, and keeping your wallet or handbag secure on your person so it can’t be easily snatched.

“It’s steps such as those that can be the simple difference in making sure a criminal doesn’t see you as an easy target.”

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