Police in Waterlooville take charge of empty shop to give advice

Mayor Marjorie Smallcorn and Insp Dave Humphries
Mayor Marjorie Smallcorn and Insp Dave Humphries
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CRIME prevention advice was given to shoppers at a police pop-up shop.

Officers from Waterlooville police safer neighbourhoods team were joined by firefighters, council officers and staff from Southern Domestic Abuse Service in an empty shop in The Boulevard, Waterlooville.

The pop-up shop, there for just a day, was opened by mayor of Havant Councillor Marjorie Smallcorn.

PC Matthew James, who has recently become the business crime officer for Waterlooville town centre, said: ‘This event was a great opportunity to engage with the public and educate them on how not to be a victim of crime this Christmas.

‘We are delighted to have registered over 30 people on the immobilise database.

‘Even if people have missed the event they can go online and register for free at immobilise.com.

‘We have recently seen a rise in burglaries in the area and it is important that people’s property is traceable should it be stolen.

‘In addition, people should leave lights on or set timers if they know they are going to be out after dark.’

Toddlers were entertained by Bobby the panda – the Waterlooville police mascot.

There was plenty to keep people busy with an opportunity to complete a crime questionnaire, with prizes such as timer switches, panic alarms and letter box guards.

And lanyard clips for purses were also given away to the public.