Keep your purse close! Police warn of pickpockets operating in town centre

By Ben Fitzgerald - 10 May 2019


Officers in Swindon are urging residents to be mindful of their personal security when out and about shopping in busy areas.

PC Teresa Herbert is currently investigating three incidents of purse thefts in the town centre.

In the first incident on April 18, a woman in her 30s was shopping in H&M when her purse was stolen from the storage area of her baby’s pushchair.

A woman in her 60s had her purse stolen while she was shopping in a charity shop in Regent Street at approximately 4pm on April 20. 

And on April 30, a woman aged in her 80s was in the town centre when her purse was stolen from her bag sometime between 11am and 11.30am. It is believed this happened while she was in Bon Marche. 

PC Herbert said: “We are investigating all three of these incidents, and although it is not clear whether these incidents are linked in any way, we are keeping an open mind as the nature of each theft is similar.

“Incidents like these can really impact on an individual and how they go about their daily lives. I would urge anyone who is out and about shopping to be mindful of their personal security, and take steps to ensure purses are securely fastened within handbags, and consider the use of purse straps to make it as difficult as possible for thieves.  

“For further information please contact The Bobby Van who will be able to provide good advice on security.”

Anyone who can help our enquiries should call 101. 

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