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Kendal police advise people to be vigilant against purse thieves
4:09pm Friday 26th October 2012 in News
SHOPPERS are being advised to be on guard against purse thefts in Kendal following an increase in the crime.
There has been a number of reported incidents where purses have been stolen from handbags in Kendal town centre Although crime is low in South Cumbria, busy shoppers can become a target for opportunistic thieves and unsecured bags, wallets and purses can be easy pickings.
Following some simple tips to follow when out enjoying your shopping, may help to ensure valuables do not become a gift to criminals: • While out and about, be vigilant and stay aware of who is around you.
• Securely fasten handbags, if possible with the opening towards your body.
• Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till.
• Keep your purse or wallet in an inside coat or jacket pocket. Avoid carrying your wallet or purse in a back trouser pocket • Never leave your bags unattended especially when you are distracted near the tills .
• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
• Never keep pin numbers with your bank cards.
• Always be careful to keep your wallet/purse secure if you have been using an ATM cash machine - someone may have been watching you, so be aware if you are approached by a stranger immediately afterwards.
Local Inspector Paul Latham said: “Unfortunately offences of these type increase as we head towards the busy Christmas period and people sometimes forget the security of their belongings when rushing around organising for Christmas.
“Our aim is to try and make people are of the potential for their purse or wallet to be stolen and by following a few simple tips, can reduce the number of opportunities.
“Twin purse (jingle) bells are available free of charge from Kendal police station and Age UK shop on Finkle Street. These can be clipped to the zip of bag or to a purse. If anyone “dips” into your handbag the twin bells will jingle to alert you and anyone nearby what is happening.
For more advice or to speak to an officer about personal security ring Cumbria Police on 101.