Barbara’s Dreaming of a Crime Free Xmas

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crime prevention officer Barbara Clayton chats to Swan Centre shoppers about keeping safe this Christmas.

Police officers in Eastleigh have been busy giving out crime prevention tips and advice to shoppers this week in a bid to help local residents enjoy a crime free Christmas.

Officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods team joined Eastleigh’s crime prevention officer, Barbara Clayton and Annette Macnamara from Eastleigh Borough Council’s Community Safety Partnership to host a special Christmas crime prevention stand in the Swan Centre on Thursday, November 11.


Shoppers were invited to stop and chat to officers about measures they can take to help keep themselves, their families and their property safe throughout the festive season. People were advised to review the security of their homes and to get any valuable items they might be purchasing as Christmas gifts security marked, particularly expensive electrical items like iPods, televisions and laptops. The officers were also giving away free purse lanyards, which can be used to attach purses or wallets to handbags to make it more difficult for thieves to take them.

Crime prevention officer for Eastleigh, Barbara Clayton said:

“As the festive season approaches, now is the time to remind people about simple steps they can take to ensure that they are not an easy target for thieves and that their Christmas isn’t spoilt by criminals.

“We’ve been talking to shoppers about a range of crime prevention measures, like ensuring they don’t leave Christmas presents out on display, installing timer switches in their homes to turn lights on and make it look like someone is at home and keeping their handbags zipped up and on their person at all times when they are out and about.”

Local officers from Eastleigh’s Safer Neighbourhoods teams will also continue to target anti-social behaviour, youth nuisance and wider criminal behaviour in the area so that everyone in Eastleigh can enjoy a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.


Officers in Hedge End will also be giving out Christmas crime prevention advice to shoppers at their next beat surgery in the foyer of Marks and Spencers, Hedge End on Monday, November 29 between 10am and 12 noon.

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