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Theft of Handbags in Reading Town Centre

Alert message sent 16/01/2019 13:15:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Please be aware that there has been a number of thefts of handbags from pubs and clubs in Reading Town Centre.

Your Local Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to you to follow the following crime prevention advice:

Keep your handbag on you, zipped with no valuable items on display ( this includes your mobile phone). Do not leave it unattended.
Keep your handbag close to your body.
In restaurants and cafes put your bag on your lap or on the floor between your feet with your foot on the strap, Alternatively place the strap through one leg of the chair.
Never leave your bag in adjacent seats in theatres, pubs or on public transport.
If using toilets, do not place your handbag close to the door or side walls, particularly if there is a gap between the walls and the ground . It could be snatched from the outside.
Don't hang stuff on the back of a chair.
Do not carry large amounts of cash with you,withdraw only money needed at the time.
Don't place your belongings out of sight on the floor.
Be mindful of distractions, thieves working in pairs may attempt to divert your attention in order to steal your handbag or its contents.
Attach your purse to your handbag with a secure cord and keep your mobile in a zipped internal pocket or on your person.
Please report any suspicious incidents, sightings or any information to The Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
Please register your valuables at
Please register to receive local crime prevention advice at
Message sent by
Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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