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Crowded public places like shopping areas and busy pubs can attract pick pockets because they can steal personal items without you even knowing about it. Don’t give them the opportunity. Take care of your money and personal possessions using the following advice:

  • Use a handbag that can be closed properly - zipped up preferably - so that it is more difficult for someone to open it and reach in.
  • If you use a handbag with a strap, wear it across your body and not just over one shoulder so it is more secure.
  • Don't leave your handbag tucked under your chair or table where someone can grab it.
  • Consider using a purse lanyard which attaches your phone or purse/wallet to your bag or clothes.
  • If you do keep your purse in a shopping bag, put your purse at the bottom and not near the top, and use a shopping bag that can be closed if possible.
  • Be as secure with your mobile phone or iPod as you would your purse or wallet and ensure it is put away safely if you use it in the street. You can also register your valuables on the free online property database That way, police have more chance of being able to return them to you if they're lost or stolen.
  • Men should keep their wallet in a front pocket rather than in their back pocket, making it harder for a thief to slip their hand in unnoticed.
  • Report incidents straight away - in an emergency, always dial 999

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