Our local neighbourhood policing team have noticed a recent increase in “distraction thefts” in retail premises around the area.
What are “distraction thefts”? They happen when thieves take advantage of possessions left on tables or bags left unattended.
In order to prevent these types of thefts occurring, your local officers advise:
- Always keep your handbag zipped up with your purse inside;
- Never leave any purses or handbags on or under tables unattended;
- Always secure your mobile phone and never leave it on table tops;
- Be aware of people around you, particularly in crowded areas.
By following these precautions you can reduce the chance of becoming a victim of theft.
Chair, City Centre Neighbourhood Forum