|Avoiding Handbag and Purse Theft|
The most frequent kind of purse theft is 'handbag dipping', where offenders remove purses from handbags left unzipped or unattended.
Once the Purse is stolen Bank cards are often used by offenders very quickly, frequently even before the victim realises the purse has been taken.
In market towns, this offence is often more prevalent on market days which see large numbers of visitors.
Try to observe the following safety tips :-
- Keep your handbag on you, zipped with no valuable items on display (this includes your mobile phone). Do not leave it unattended. Attach a Purse Bell to your purse so any attempted purse dip will be alerted.
- Keep your handbag close to your body.
- In restaurants and cafes put your handbag on your lap or use one of our Bag Hangers which hook onto the table in front of you. This keeps the Bag in sight and off the floor
- Never leave your bag in adjacent seats in theatres, pubs or on public transport.
- If using public toilets, do not place your handbag close to the door or side walls, particularly if there is a gap between the walls and the ground. It could be snatched from the outside.
- Keep to major, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not carry large amounts of cash with you. Withdraw only money needed at the time.
- Look for ATMs located inside buildings, supermarkets or other busy locations.
- Be mindful of distractions, thieves working in pairs may attempt to divert your attention in order to steal your handbag or its contents.
- Attach your purse to your handbag using one of our Purse cords or Purse Snatch Chains and keep your mobile in a zipped internal pocket or on your person.