Police are offering shoppers in Hailsham advice on how to keep their money safe from opportunistic thieves by holding two crime prevention events in the run-up to Christmas.
PCSO Sue Choppin, one of the team of neighbourhood officers that patrols Hailsham town centre, will be at NatWest in the High Street on Thursday, November 27, and Thursday, December 18.
From 9.30am to 10.30am she will be available to give shoppers tips on keeping their handbags, purses, money and bank cards safe. As well as advice and leaflets, she will also be giving away free purse bells, which are easy to attach, not only alerting the owner of potential theft, but also making them more aware of where their purse is.
PCSO Choppin said, “Purse thefts are not a significant problem in Hailsham, but as the shops get more crowded in the busy pre-Christmas period, we can sometimes see an increase in this type of crime. By raising awareness of these issues I hope to ensure that as many people as possible have a happy and safe Christmas, and I am looking forward to seeing lots of local residents at these events.”
By taking some simple crime prevention measures, people can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of theft:
Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, held securely under your arm or strapped across your body if possible.
Never leave bags unattended - for example on a trolley, pushchair or wheelchair.
Beware of anyone acting suspiciously, such as getting too close to you, or trying to distract you by bumping into you - such behaviour should be reported to police, security or shop staff immediately.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash around with you and don’t let anyone see what’s in your purse or wallet as you are paying.
Never keep your PIN number with your bank cards.
Be aware of people around you when you are at a cash point or chip and pin device and always shield your PIN when you are entering it.