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Security warning to York shoppers

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3:37pm 23rd November 2010

A warning to shoppers in York.

There's been 30 thefts of personal property already in the run up to Christmas including handbags, purses and mobile phones.

The police is now urging people "not leave your belongings unattended."

They want shoppers to be extra vigilant.

To help prevent other people becoming the victims of this type of crime North Yorkshire Police offer the following advice:

  • Do not leave any of your property unattended, for example leaving purses on till points when packing bags or hanging loose on shopping trolleys
  • When in busy streets or premises hold onto your handbags
  • If there is a zip make sure it is closed. Don’t criminals the chance to open your bag without your knowledge
  • If the handbag has a flap hold it with the flap closest to you
  • Don’t have purses or wallets in your back pockets, or in loose jacket pockets

PC Steve Skeoch, of the Guildhall Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“There isn’t a particular location or time when the thefts have occurred, so I urge people not to let their guard down when shopping or visiting the city.

“If you do fall prey to this type of crime please ensure that you pass the police as much information as possible, not only about the time and location of the theft but also what has been stolen.”

The most useful information to the police regarding stolen mobile phones is the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. This is unique to each telephone and is located in a number of places:

  • On the box the phone came in
  • Under the sim card in the phone
  • Dialling *#06# will display it on the phone

Anyone who has any information that could help the police to locate and bring to justice offenders is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24 7. Or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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