Police urge Warrington shoppers to be vigilant following spate of purse thefts
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Police are urging shoppers in Warrington to be vigilant following a spate of purse thefts in the town.
There have been at least three incidents where purses have been stolen from bags unbeknown to the victim.
On all occasions, the victims were out shopping in the town centre.
Officers are reminding the public to be wary of the dangers and are offering some top tips on how to best protect people from falling victim to this kind of crime.
Detective Constable Neil Orford said: “As we seen a return to the high street with more businesses opening up there is sadly going to be a rise in opportunistic thieves who will stop at nothing to make criminal gains.
“All the victims were targeted in shops and have no idea how their purses were stolen from them.
“Enquiries in relation to the incidents are ongoing and I urge anyone with any information regarding purse thefts to get in touch.
“I also encourage everyone, particularly the elderly, to be vigilant and to not carry around large quantities of cash.
“If you are out shopping and see something which doesn’t look quite right, call Cheshire Police on 101 or report it to us via the Cheshire Police website.”
Here are some top tips on how to best protect yourself:
Walk with a sense of purpose when in or near to shops
Carry your purse in a zipped-up bag, and always keep the bag close to you and where you can see it
Attach an audible alarm to your purse/wallet, such as purse bells
Never leave your bag in a shopping trolley or basket
Make sure that you are not followed or engaged in conversation by someone who might be looking for an opportunity to steal from you
Information about purse thefts can also be passed on to independent crime charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111 or report it via the Crimestoppers website.