The Christmas period is known as a time that brings festive cheer and goodwill in abundance. Unfortunately it also brings with it an escalation in crimes such as pickpocketing and bag-dipping, as opportunist thieves look to take advantage of hurried and distracted shoppers.
Such occurrences are commonly carried out in crowded places, such as busy high streets, shopping queues, or on public transport. It is important in the first instance to remain vigilant in such environments, as it is all too easy for a slight-handed criminal to subtly extract valuables from your bag or pocket.
You can further protect yourself by investing in anti-theft devices, and not all of them have to break the bank! Take for example the hugely popular Purse Dipping Bells; in terms of simple but effective products Purse Bells are number one, as well as being one of the lowest cost items on the market. They are regularly given out to residents by local Police and Community Safety teams.
Purse Bells clip easily on to pretty much any item, such as your purse, wallet or bag. Whenever the item is moved or lifted, such as by a pick-pocket chancing their luck, the bells will jingle-all-the-way and draw your attention. Attached bells can also draw your attention in the event of you dropping your purse or wallet whilst out and about.
Here are some other tips to ensure your Christmas isn’t spoiled by criminals:
– When out and about try not to keep all of your valuables in one place; split up cash and cards so that if you do fall victim to a pickpocket they don’t take you for everything you have. Secret Pockets are perfect for crowded locations.
– As well as opportunistic ‘grab and go’ thefts some more strategic criminals have been known to observe people entering their PIN numbers at cash points and checkouts before following the person and stealing their card. Be sure to hide your code whenever you enter it.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!