Don’t become a victim of beach theft, warn police

Lyme Regis beach
Photo by Richard Austin

DORSET Police is reminding residents and visitors to keep an eye on their belongings while enjoying the county’s beaches to avoid becoming a victim of theft.

As the summer holidays continue, officers are keen to ensure people don’t fall victim to theft and are issuing some crime prevention advice:

  • If you don’t need it, leave it at home. Only take possessions you really need to the beach.
  • Consider one of your group staying with your personal possessions when going into the sea or the shops/toilet.
  • You can buy waterproof bags and pouches to store mobile phones, wallets and car keys while you are in the water. 

Inspector Darren Harris said: “It is fantastic to see so many people visiting Dorset’s beaches this summer after a long and difficult year.

“One of the main aims of our summer policing operation is to prevent crimes from occurring in the first place and therefore reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime. 

“While we have not experienced a rise in theft offences along our beaches, we are asking residents and visitors to follow these simple steps to make life very difficult for thieves.

“Our officers and police community support officers will continue their proactive patrols this summer, supported by Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) officers, council staff and the RNLI.”

You can find out more tips and advice by visiting: www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/home-property/.

If you see a theft in progress, please dial 999 or approach an officer or member of council or RNLI staff.

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