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Police Issue Pick Pocket Warning to York Shoppers

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4:38pm 1st April 2014

York police have issued a warning to the public after a number of pick pocketing offences in the city centre.

Over the past two weeks, 18 people have been targeted, mainly in the afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. The majority of thefts have been at the weekend.

Victims range from students to elderly people, with thieves targeting mobile phones and purses.

Officers are urging people visiting the city centre to be on their guard and to keep an eye on their personal belongings.

PC Julia Delaney, of York police, said: “A number of victims stated that they felt someone push past them but did not realise their purse or phone had been stolen until later on.

“People should be aware that there appear to be pick pockets operating in York city centre and it is important to remain vigilant at all times.

“Keep you belongings close to your body and be wary of people pushing into you and who is around you.”

North Yorkshire Police is offering people the following advice to help guard against pick pockets:

  • Keep your handbag close to you and zipped up.
  • Never have any valuable items on display.
  • Don’t leave any bags unattended.
  • Be mindful of distractions – some thieves work in pairs with one looking to divert your attention while the other steals your belongings.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash with you.
  • Be vigilant at all times.

For more crime prevention advice visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk/pursethefts

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