North Yorkshire Police say a number of purse thefts have been reported to them. One victim was an 82-year-old woman.
Here’s their advice to foil the light-fingered ones:
- Keep your handbag on you, zipped with no valuable items on display (this includes your mobile phone). Do not leave it unattended
- Do not carry large amounts of cash with you. Withdraw only money needed at the time
- 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