Residents advised after reports of distraction thefts
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We are advising people to be vigilant following several reports of distraction thefts across Derbyshire.
We were called to a report of such an incident just after 12.30pm on Thursday 29 June in King Street, Belper.
A woman, aged in her 80s, was approached by two women claiming to be working for a charity. They took her name and address before one of the women distracted the victim and stole a gold necklace from around her neck.
We have also had a report of a similar incident in the Ashbourne area within the last two weeks.
We would like to remind residents in the county to follow a few simple steps in order to keep you and your belongings safe, including:
Be aware of people around you at all times
Be aware of who you give personal details to, if they claim to be from a charity then check their ID and look to see if they have a charity number.
Carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards. Keep it zipped up, and make sure your wallet or purse can't be seen.
Never leave your bags unattended, particularly on shopping trolleys, on seats, on the floor in changing rooms or public toilets
Avoid carrying unnecessary valuables, documents containing personal information or large amounts of cash
Spring clean your handbag - imagine if precious personal items were lost - are they better stored at home?
Spread your possessions about. For example, consider keeping your mobile phone separate from your keys and your store/credit cards separate from your purse
Consider the use of a handbag/purse alarm - these are inexpensive and could alert you to someone trying to steal your purse or personal possessions. Consider a purse bell...we can offer these free of charge at community engagement and crime prevention events.
Never carry your PIN with your cards
Only take out what you need
Don’t leave handbags, wallets, or other valuables on display.
If you think you have been the victim of a distraction theft or have information which will help with our investigation into the incidents, you can contact us using any of the methods below: