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Whaley Bridge officers urge residents to protect themselves from bag dippers

Posted on 18th December 2014

Whaley Bridge residents are being urged to protect themselves from bag dippers over the festive period.

Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood team are asking residents to be on their guard whilst out shopping and to ensure that their bags and belongings are kept safe from thieves.

PCSO Tracy Jones from the Whaley Bridge Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The run up to Christmas and New Year is a busy time for most people and security may be put to the back of your mind.

“On a day to day basis I notice people going around the supermarket with their handbags hooked onto their shopping trolleys, which are often left unattended whilst the shopper selects items from the shelves.

“This gives the thief an open opportunity to take your bag, or your purse from inside, and make off.

“I would like to remind people to not leave handbags in, or hooked onto shopping trolleys, and to keep them closed and secure. Where possible, try to keep money, cards and mobile phones on their person and report suspicious activity to police or store security.”

Crime prevention advice for staying safe when out shopping includes:

  • Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, if possible with the opening towards your body;
  • Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till;
  • Avoid carrying your purse or wallet in a back trouser pocket;  
  • Keep cash secure and out of sight;  
  • Do not leave your handbag; push chair or shopping trolley unattended;
  • Always make sure that no one is looking over your shoulder before entering your PIN at the cash machine, make sure your      money is put away before leaving the machine and ensure your purse is out of reach;
  • Do not write down your PIN and keep it in your wallet, purse or handbag. If you cannot remember your PIN, you can change it at your bank to a number which is easier to remember.

For further crime prevention advice or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.

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