- Incidents of pick pocketing and theft are relatively low, but we’ve put together some top tips to help you make sure that you and your personal belongings stay safe
- When you are out shopping, remember to close and zip shut your handbag in between accessing your purse. When returning your purse to your bag, make sure that you put it at the bottom of your handbag. That way, if you do forget to fully shut your bag, your purse will be difficult for someone to find easily
- Keep your handbag close to you at all times, preferably with the strap across your body
- If someone grabs your bag - let it go. The bag and its contents can be replaced
- Gents; don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket, as it can be easily pinched
- Remember to keep you credit and debit receipts safe when you are shopping, as some may contain card details
- Getting stressed shopping? Don’t leave your purse, wallet, keys or mobile phone in a basket, trolley, or at the checkout - check, and double check that you have them in a safe place
- When catching a bus or train, have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so that your wallet is out of sight
- When using your mobile phone in public, watch who is around you. Don’t make it an easy target for mobile phone thieves
- Avoid walking home whilst you are speaking on the phone or listening to music, as you won’t hear people approaching
- Record your phone’s IMEI number - you can find it behind the battery, or by typing in *#06# into your handset. You’ll need it to cancel your phone if gets lost or stolen
What else can you do?
You can also register your personal belongings on an online national property database such as www.immobilise.com
If your phone, computer or any other registered item is lost or stolen, you can use Immobilise to instantly tell Police Forces nationally via their online systems, insurers and the second-hand trade. These actions help greatly in the recovery of your property and the capture of thieves. Police can also search the database to help reunite found property with its owner(s). The database already has the details of over 20 million belongings.
If your registered property is recovered either the Police or Immobilise will contact you and let you know its location.