Hampshire Constabulary

Beat surgery planned following purse thefts in Romsey

Press release   •   Apr 15, 2019 11:48 BST

Officers from Romsey’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will give out crime prevention advice following a number of purse thefts.

Since the beginning of the year, we have received reports of four purse thefts at Waitrose, in Alma Road, Romsey.

In each case, a purse has been stolen from the victim while they were in the store.

Stolen bank cards were then used shortly afterwards to make purchases.

In the last incident, which took place on Friday 5 April, the victim used her card and pin number in the store and put her purse on the counter.

When she got to her car, she realised she did not have her purse.

She was then contacted by her bank after her card had been used at Ladbrokes in The Hundred, Romsey.

Beat surgery

Officers will hold a beat surgery outside the Waitrose store between 10.30am and midday on Saturday 20 April.

PCSO Phoebe Settle said: “We want to speak to as many people as possible on Saturday, so if you see us, come and say hello.

“It can be incredibly distressing to know that you have been targeted in this way.

“There are a few simple steps you can take to better protect your possessions when you are out and about.

“We’d urge people to share our advice with friends and family to make sure everyone knows what to do.”

Advice

Our advice on how to protect yourself from being pickpocketed includes:

  • Keeping purses and bags closed and secure at all times
  • Carrying bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest
  • Returning cards to your purse and wallet quickly and zip it up or button it
  • Using a purse that’s difficult to open – one that zips or snaps shut is best
  • Using a money belt if you’re carrying a significant quantity of cash
  • Concealing your wallet in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge
  • Not leaving your purse or wallet in a bag on the back of a pushchair, or in a shopping trolley.

When you are withdrawing money from a cash machine, or paying for items using your card, remember to:

  • Always be vigilant
  • Cover your PIN and keep an eye on your card at all times
  • If someone tries to tap you on the shoulder or speak to you while at a cash machine, just ignore them
  • Put your card away immediately after using it

For more information, visit our website: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-person/

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