Police warn Rugby shoppers to watch out for pick-pockets - The Rugby Observer

Police warn Rugby shoppers to watch out for pick-pockets

Rugby Editorial 14th May, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

RUGBY police have warned the public to stay alert following a spate of pick-pocketing in the town centre.

Officers advised people to be vigilant and keep personal items secure, especially vulnerable members of the public.

Rugby Police are giving away free bells that can be attached to bags or purses to prevent and alert people to possible pick-pocketers. Visit Rugby Police Station for more information.

Key personal safety advice:

– Pickpockets often operate in pairs and use distraction techniques to avert your attention while they steal from your bag

– Wear your bag across your body, so that it opens on the side facing you – and ensure it is zipped up

– Ensure you purse is locked in a separate compartment of your bag

– Place your wallet in your front pocket, or button up your back pocket

– In winter, wear your coat over your bag to hide it – you’re any easy target if you leave your bag facing backwards over your shoulder or carry it over one shoulder

– Never leave your bag unattended in a shopping trolley or basket or on the back of a pushchair – always keep it with you

Avoid carrying valuables in the outside pockets of rucksacks

– If you use a wheelchair or motorised scooter, keep your valuables in front of you, rather than hanging them on the back of the chair where thieves can dip into them

– Keep your bag or briefcase where you can see it or feel it – on your lap or touching your feet, not hung on the back of your chair when you’re eating or having a drink

– Keep your keys in a different pocket from anything that has your address on it

– Don’t keep the PIN for your cash card with you

– Keep the emergency number to cancel your credit cards with you so that you can phone immediately if you have to.


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