Today Police have received 2 reports of purse thefts, where the purses have been taken from handbags while the victims were out shopping in Andover town centre.
We are now advising shoppers to take precautions when out and about.
The chances of you becoming a victim of purse theft are low, but they do still happen. You can make yourself even less likely to be the victim of this type of crime by taking a few sensible precautions.
Keep your purse or wallet close to your body and never in your back pocket or in the top of your handbag. And make sure you close your handbag and carry it across your body, with the flap facing you.
Other tips include:
•Be aware of who is near you when you are withdrawing money from ATMs, banks or post offices. If you are concerned about anyone following you, call the Police.
•Be aware of who is around you, especially when you are in a crowded or busy place.
•Ladies: carry your bag close to your body with the strap over your shoulder. Keep your bag fastened at all times.
•Gentlemen: keep your wallet in an inside fastened pocket, if possible.
•Do not place your purse or wallet down on the counter when paying for items.
•Do not write down your pin numbers or keep it with your cards.