Watchful eye is needed as purse thefts increase

People are being warned to be extra vigilant after an increase in purse thefts in Belper town centre.

Since the start of the year, seven purses have been stolen in Belper and police are advising people to keep a watchful eye on them and their wallets.

Steps people can take to make sure they do not fall victim include; never leaving your purse in the shopping basket, on public tables or shop counters as this makes easy prey for thieves.

Police also advise people not to overload themselves with bags and coats as it could make it more difficult to keep track of your belongings.

Sgt Richard Booth, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing in Belper, said: “By taking a few simple steps you can help protect yourself from being a victim.

“Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and keep your purse, wallet or handbag with you at all times.”

Sgt Booth also stressed the importance of keeping such items tightly fastened.

Belper police are keen to make people aware of the issue and would like the public to assist with their enquiries.

Sgt Booth said: “We are appealing for anyone with information on these crimes to come forward and help us catch those responsible.”

If you have any information that might be useful to police you can contact the non-emergency number by dialling 101.

Alternatively, you can report information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.