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Purse theft in ASDA

Alert message sent 26/09/2019 13:24:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Dear Residents,
On the 24th September a lady had her purse stolen from her hand bag while shopping in Asda. The handbag was hooked at the back of the trolley by its strap. CCTV showed how the pickpocket expertly bent down near the trolley while holding a jumper on a hanger as a shield. As the shopper turned her head away the pickpocket quickly put her hand into the handbag and stole the purse. It literally took a second or two to steal the purse.
With summer over and Christmas not too far away no doubt there will be an increase in professional pickpockets looking for easy targets to steal from. By following a few simple rules you can avoid being their next victim.
When Shopping:
• Make sure your handbag is closed so a pickpocket would find it difficult to get into without you knowing.
• Never leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even if for a couple of seconds.
• Try to keep wallets in an inside pocket and out of sight from a potential pickpocket.
• Keep your PIN number confidential.
• When entering your PIN number at a terminal ensure no one can see you enter it.
• Try to pay for items on a debit card rather than carrying large amounts of cash. If this is not possible keep cash to a minimum.

Message sent by
Deborah Doherty (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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