Be on your guard for pickpockets, advise police
IT is easy for pickpockets and shoplifters to conceal themselves among the crowds in shopping areas, particularly at busy times of the year.
Staffordshire Police say criminals often work in pairs or groups and pickpockets will use various ways to lift a purse or wallet out of a pocket or bag.
One can purposely bump into the victim, or sometimes distract them while another will adeptly help themselves to cash and cards. The victim will not feel them stealing from their property.
To help prevent this, police have offered tips to shoppers to help keep their money safe. The tips are:
1. Don’t put your money or wallet in a back pocket;
2. Carry your bag close to you and ensure that it opens facing you;
3. Don’t leave bags on a shopping trolley, wheelchair, motorised scooter, or pushchairs;
4. Report any suspicious behaviour by calling 101.