Be on your guard for pick­pock­ets, ad­vise po­lice

Burton Mail - - News -

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.

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