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Advice issued to the Abingdon area residents following purse thefts

Alert message sent 31/01/2019 11:59:00

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Thames Valley Police is issuing crime prevention advice to Abingdon residents following incidents of purse theft.

The most common kind of purse theft is known as 'handbag dipping'. This is where offenders remove purses from handbags left unzipped or unattended.
Bank cards are often stolen and used by offenders very quickly, often even before the victim realises the purse has been taken.

Crimes should continue to be reported either by using the online form on our website or by calling 101. If a crime is in progress then call 999.

You can help to deter thieves and reduce your risk of becoming a victim of pickpockets by following these steps:


  • Keep your handbag on you, zipped with no valuable items such as mobile phones on display. Do not leave it unattended.
  • Carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest.
  • Return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it.
  • In cafes and restaurants 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.
  • Look for ATM machines located inside buildings, supermarkets or other busy locations. Do not write your PIN number or leave it with your bank card.
  • Never leave your bag in adjacent seats in theatres, pubs or on public transport.
  • If possible do not carry more cash than is necessary on your person/ in your purse/wallet.

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Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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