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Theft from purses in Wokingham

Alert message sent 04/07/2018 12:43:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley have seen a spate of handbag dipping in Wokingham town centre over the last few weeks Please report any suspicious circumstances to store security or contact police on 101 (emergency 999). Thames Valley Police's Bracknell and Wokingham Neighbourhood teams have purse bells to give out so if you would like one please contact your local team here.


Crowds, noise, aching feet and demanding children can all make shopping stressful. But whatever’s going on around you, be sure to stay alert – opportunist thieves are always on the prowl. Please follow the below advice when shopping:  

  • Never leave your bag unattended in shopping trolleys or baskets, pushchairs or mobility scooters.
  • While walking about, keep your bag close to your body and closed at all times. Choose one with zip fastenings and keep your valuable items well hidden inside, out of easy reach of pickpockets. Keep the bag closed/zipped up.
  • Bells can be attached to your purse that will jingle to alert you if someone takes it out of your bag. You can contact your local neighbourhood team for some.
  • Keep the amount of valuables in your bag to a minimum – avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • In restaurants and cafes put your bag on your lap or on the floor between your feet with your foot on the strap. Alternatively place the strap through one leg of the chair.
  • Be mindful of distractions, thieves working in pairs may attempt to divert your attention in order to steal your handbag or its contents. 
    If your purse is stolen, please ensure you contact you bank as soon as possible to cancel your bank cards.
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Rhys Crowley (Police, Admin Assistant, Loddon Valley)

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