With Christmas only a few weeks away, and more people out and about to do their festive shopping, West Midlands Police are promoting eight top tips to beat the pickpockets this Christmas:
- Look who’s around you, know who’s behind you, see who’s close to you.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Never let your valuables leave your sight.
- Secure your bag properly: if it’s easy for you to get into, it’ll be easy for a thief to get into too.
- Wear a bag that goes across your body to hold your most valuable items.
- Never leave your bag unattended and be aware of what’s going on around you.
- Avoid carrying your wallet or phone in your back pocket.
- When shopping with a pushchair, never leave your bag unattended on the back.
For more advice about avoiding pickpockets and other crime reduction techniques, visit the West Midlands Police website here.