Bromley’s Safer Neighbourhood Offricer is distributing 200 purse bells to every charity shop in the borough. Some have already been delivered, others will be delivered in the next day or two.
The idea of the purse bell is for one to be attached to a purse, wallet or hand bag and it will draw attention should anyone try to interfere with it. They are particularly aimed at vulnerable shoppers who may be targeted by pick pockets. Purse bells will be available at the till point in every charity shop that accepts them from Saturday (if not already). From previous experience, not all shops accept them, but we try to get as many as possible on board. We find that by using charity shops to distribute them we can get them to some new faces in our target group, and by requesting a small donation towards that charity shop for each purse bell, we avoid people taking 10 at a time!