warning in Burnham-On-Sea after pickpocket thefts
police have this week urged shoppers in the town's High Street
to be extra vigilant following the theft of several purses.
warning follows the theft of two purses from handbags in the High
Street last Thursday (July 29th).
The incidents occurred between 10.15am and 10.45am whilst the
victims were shopping. A total of £100 was stolen together
than 100 posters have been put up in the windows of shops, pubs
and cafes in the town, warning of pickpockets operating in the
Sean Searle told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As the weather improves
and the holiday season is in full swing, more people will be out
and about. Thieves are taking the opportunity to steal from handbags
and other similar items which have been left unattended or insecure
by their owners."
from Burnham are urging people to remain vigilant when shopping
and to keep items close to hand and make sure handbags are securely
"Thieves will sometimes operate in pairs, one will distract
the victim whilst the other steals the purse. They will target
open and insecure bags, wallets which are on display and bags
which have been left unattended. They will often steal from a
bag left in a shopping trolley or left lying on a counter top."
following advice is offered to help prevent people becoming a
victim of such a crime. Keep your bag close to your body and fastened
at all times. Do not leave your handbag or purse unattended. Ensure
that you put your purse away before leaving the shop. Do not carry
unnecessary amounts of cash. Keep any cash out of sight. Try not
to carry any wallet in your back pocket so that it is not on display.
Do not let people look over your shoulder when you put your money
away, particularly when you are using a cash point. Do not put
your handbag in your shopping trolley as there is a tendency to
leave the trolley unattended when searching for goods. Never let
your handbag out of sight when packing your car with your shopping."
with information in relation to the two incidents should call
Avon and Somerset Police on 0845 4567000.