Scarves used to cut down jewellery thefts in Leicestershire Police scheme
Published 17/08/2015 | 14:08
Scarves are being made by ex-offenders as part of a scheme to cut down on jewellery thefts.
Officers from Leicestershire Police hope the scarves will encourage Asian women to cover up their necklaces and other accessories.
They said previous summers had seen a spike in gold chain snatches - but this had not been a problem so far this year.
The scarves are made by people as part of an unpaid work order with the fabric donated by local retailers.
Pc Laura Nutt said: "We wanted to do something different that would help us get our message across and we came up with the scarf idea.
"We understand that it is important to Asian women to wear their jewellery and this scheme is a perfect way of enabling them to do that and keep it safe at the same time.
"We are going to visit local women's groups and give the scarves to women and talk to them about why we are giving them out and how they can keep themselves safe and their jewellery out of sight."