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Swadlincote shoppers urged to be on their guard following purse thefts

Posted on 23rd October 2018

Officers from the Swadlincote South Safer Neighbourhood Team are encouraging people to be on their guard when out shopping, especially in the run up to Christmas.

Following several purse thefts in recent weeks, shoppers are being urged to not leave their bags, purses or other valuables unattended and to consider using a purse chain or purse bell to help deter theft.

PCSO Jamie Gutberlet, from Swadlincote SNT, said: “It only takes a second for a thief to steal a purse but if you are on your guard, they won’t have the opportunity.

“There are a few really simple security steps you can take to make it harder for thieves to steal your items."

Advice to shoppers 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.

The Swadlincote team will have an information stand at Swadlincote Market on Friday, November 23 and Friday, December 21. Officers will be there to give advice and hand-out various free crime prevention items.

PCSO Gutberlet added: “If you want a purse bell or chain, pop down and see us, or if you want one sooner, email the team on South.Neighbourhoods@Derbyshire.PNN.Police.UK

Anyone with information relating to the theft of the purses should contact us using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.

Please quote the reference number 18000502962.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.