Women in Harrogate are being encouraged to be extra vigilant with their purses in the lead up to Christmas.
Harrogate town centre beat manager PC Lynsey Ridout said there is usually an increase in the number of purse thefts from handbags in the lead up to Christmas.
She said: “Handbag and purse thefts can result in the loss of cash, the possibility of identity theft, the theft of house and car keys and other valuables. Ladies handbags are most vulnerable when left on display in trolleys whilst shopping.”
She added: “We encourage people to be vigilant with regards to their handbags, and to report any suspicious persons or activity, to the Police and shop security staff. “
Mel Greaves, safer communities coordinator at Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership said that people need to also be aware of distraction thefts.
He said: “You wouldn’t leave £400 out on the table in a cafe, so don’t put your phone on the table either.”
Free purse bells are now available from charity shops in Harrogate and PC Ridout is offering safety talks to community groups in the town.
Email SNTharrogate@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk about booking a talk.