How it Works
The Chelsea Clip is a specially designed nylon hook from which a bag, or other small item of personal luggage, can be suspended by its own strap. The item is easily placed onto the clip but two hands are required to remove it, making 'handbag snatching' and quick theft virtually impossible.
Café chains in London have been using The Chelsea Clip to reduce handbag and laptop theft as part of a Café Watch scheme and have successfully cut petty crime by half. The cafes taking part in the scheme include Starbucks, Eat, Costa Coffee, Coffee Republic, Pret and Café Nero.
The Chelsea Clip has also been fitted in restaurant and bar areas at Harrod’s, the world’s most famous department store.
One of the most important factors is making customers aware that The Chelsea Clip is available for use, so a range of eye-catching communication products have been designed including window stickers and handbag-shaped ‘hangers’ that can be hung on the clip to encourage customers to secure their bags to prevent theft.
Suitable posters and other display material such as window and menu stickers should always be used in conjunction with The Chelsea Clip as a deterrent to thieves and as a reminder to both customers and staff that the clips are there to be used.
Designed by the Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) The Grippa Clip is designed to make life easier for customers and bar staff, while making it harder for thieves to operate in the premises that are protected by reducing opportunities for thieves. Moreover it acts as an aid to caring for customers, covering not just loss but tidiness and cleanliness.
The current Grippa Clip is designed to be screwed to the edge of the table or vertical surface, facing the user. It features a hinged gate designed to fall shut under gravity and the weight of bag straps which complete the lock, with the principle of making hooking and unhooking of the bag easy for the user, hard and difficult to conceal for the thief. The hinged version in particular requires a one handed operation to locate the bag and two-hands to release it. The designs announce their presence by being installed in easy to see locations and testing proved that those finished in bright colours, to ‘bling rather than blend’, are identified and used more easily.
The Grippa Clip was designed to sharply discriminate between offender and user, be visible as well as robust, and to be able to accommodate a wide range of large and small bags, be safe and easy to clean, and avoid damaging furniture, and easy to install; and to communicate their purpose to the user.