02:55AM, Wednesday 04 September 2013
Community police officer Val De Haan has been 'turning to crime' - in a unique bid to warn tourists in Windsor Town Centre of the danger from thieves.
PC De Haan has been going up to visitors who have left a mobile phone visible on the table of an outside restaurant, showing them attractively produced postcards - then picking up their phones with the cards.
It is all intended to show how easily phones left visible on a table can be taken if the owner is distracted. Needless to say, everyone got their phones back at once having learned their lesson.
The postcards - antique in style - show a police officer, a policewoman and two officers on horseback. They were designed for the purpose by Royal Borough crime prevention officer Anne Chalmers.
Police community message co-ordinator Jeffrey Pick said: "This has proved very successful and effective to get the message across and the tourists love the postcards."
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