Purse thefts in Ipswich town centre

IPSWICH police are urging shoppers to look after their bags after a number of purse thefts have taken place in the town recently.

IPSWICH police are urging shoppers to look after their bags after a number of purse thefts have taken place in the town recently.

Peter Lickert, Ipswich crime reduction officer, said: “Try to keep the contents of your bag to a minimum and only carry as much cash as you need.

“There is a lot of personal information in a handbag, as well as credit cards, car and house keys.”

While the police have said there has never been any violence displayed during these offences it is often the distress and inconvenience caused to victims who loose money and other keepsakes from their purses which is annoying to them.

Mr Lickert said: “Shoppers are easily distracted when trying on clothes or looking after children especially during this busy festive season and should always be aware of their handbags and wallets.

“Remember to keep your bag with you at all times, preferably over your shoulder and across your body and don't leave it in a shopping trolley or pushchair.”

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In a lot of the instances, victims were unaware they had been the subject of theft until they went to pay for items in a shop and found their purse or wallet stolen.

On as few occasions the victims reported remembering being bumped into or jostled prior to discovering their purse missing.

Anyone seeking crime prevention advice should contact the crime prevention officer for their area on 01473 613500.

Police advise people to -

· Never let their handbags out of their sight, especially in public places.

· Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

· Keep their handbags closed and fastened.

· Keep their purse safe at all times.

· Don't leave their purse in a shopping basket, trolley, pushchair, on tables or counters.

· Check their belongings after someone has bumped into them.

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