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Don’t be an easy target for purse dippers this festive season

 Published on: 30th November 2016   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Officers from the Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team have been issuing crime prevention advice in the town centre to help prevent shoppers from falling victim to purse dippers over the festive season. Purse bells and lanyards were also handed out as part of the operation. Sergeant Simon Mason, from the Watford Central Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Unfortunately we’ve seen a rise in this type of offence in recent weeks and, with the streets becoming busier in the run up to Christmas, we want to remind people to remain extra vigilant. “Anyone can be a victim of purse dipping and I would urge people to ensure they are taking simple steps to help keep their belongings safe when out and about. Always use a handbag which can be properly fastened, preferably zipped, and wear it across your body rather than on one shoulder so it is more secure. Men should keep their wallets in the front pocket rather than the back. “In addition to this, make sure that you protect your PIN when making purchases with your card and withdrawing cash from ATMs. This will make your purse or wallet less attractive to a pickpocket. “If you see anyone acting suspiciously, please contact police straight away.” Three people were arrested in connection with an incident in Watford High Street on November 25 where cash was allegedly stolen from a woman’s bag. Olga Dimitrova, aged 30, from Raynham Avenue, Edmonton Green, London, was charged with theft from person and remanded in custody. She is due to appear before St Albans Crown Court on January 6, 2017. Albena Vasileva, aged 23, from Raynham Avenue, Edmonton Green, London, was charged with theft from person and remanded in custody. She is due to appear before St Albans Crown Court on January 6, 2017. A 28-year-old man of no fixed address was released with no further action.

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