‘it’s your money, keep it safe!’

'It's your money, keep it safe' is the message officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams

28 November 2013

‘It’s your money, keep it safe’ is the message
officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Downham Market and
Watlington will handing out to Christmas shoppers this

Stalls will be set up at Tesco and Morrison s
in Downham Market and Morrison s in Wisbech raising awareness of
crimes such as purse theft and how shoppers keep thier valuable
safe. Crime prevention aids, including purse bells and alarms are
also for sale on the stalls, and at Police Enquiry Offices.

PCSO Sophie Watson from Waltington SNT,
commented; “These events are a chance for us to get out into the
community and raise awareness of how people can protect their
valuables whilst they are out Christmas shopping.

“It s so easy to get distracted, particularly
when the shops are busy, and you re with either your friends or
family enjoying the festive shopping season. We re just here to
remind people that it is important to make sure your bag and
valuables are secure to prevent someone else from ruining your

To guard against purse thieves, shoppers are
reminded to:

  • Keep your bag closed and close to you at all
    times, if possible with the opening towards your body.
  • Close your purse and put it away before you
    leave the till.
  • Try not to overload yourself with bags and
  • Avoid carrying your purse or wallet in a back
    trouser pocket.
  • Keep cash secure and out of sight.
  • Do not leave your handbag, push chair or
    shopping trolley unattended for any length of time.
  • Always make sure that no one is looking over
    your shoulder before entering your PIN number at the cash machine,
    make sure your money is put away before leaving the machine and
    ensure your purse is out of reach.

    Do not write down your PIN and
    keep it in your wallet/ purse/ handbag.

    If you cannot remember your
    PIN, you can change it at your bank to a number which is easier to

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