Bells Toll for Thieves

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 7 a.m. December 19, 2017
Updated: 2:40 p.m. December 19, 2017

Diane Halliday was first in line, last year, for a security jingle bell when 41 Division launched Operation Jingle.

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Constable Mark McCabe attaches bells to Diane Halliday's wallet to prevent theft
  • A man in TPS uniform with a woman
  • Men in TPS uniform talking to seniors at a booth

On December 16, she was back again for a clip bell attached to the purses of women, mainly seniors.

“This device is great because you will be notified once anyone attempts to put their hands in your purse,” she said. “I love it.”

Constable Mark McCabe conceived the idea for the bells after seeing similar programs in the United Kingdom.

“It’s used by police in Britain with great success,” he said. “We are targeting the older population. This bell will make a noise if anyone tries to get into their wallets.”

The bells are imported from England and the 41 Division Community Policing Liaison Committee provide the funds to cover the cost.

This year’s exercise took place at Eglinton Square Mall.

“This is a busy mall, especially at this time of year, and we like to keep our customers safe,” said Kim England, the mall’s marketing co-ordinator.

Officers will be once again distributing bells at Eglinton Square Mall on December 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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