Officers in Barnsley have issued a warning to shoppers after several incidents of purse theft in the town centre over the last few days.
Sergeant Steph Coverley said: “It’s the time of year when our high streets across South Yorkshire start to get busier, with people beginning their Christmas shopping. Unfortunately, it’s also the season where we see an increase in thieves targeting people for their purses and valuables.
“This week two elderly people have had their purses taken in Barnsley town centre, which is clearly upsetting and can have a bigger emotional impact than people think.
“We know that the types of people carrying out this activity often work in teams and operate by distracting vulnerable members of the public, so please keep your eyes peeled for this type of behaviour.
“Often the simplest methods of crime prevention are the best – that’s why we’ve got purse bells available for anyone who would like one. If you pop along to Barnsley Police Station and speak to the front desk you can pick one up for your mum, grandma, friend or yourself.
“You can always speak to any of our officers or PCSOs that you see on foot beat, in fact we’d love to have a chat, so bear this in mind too.
“Our next two engagement stalls are at Barnsley Market between 13:00hrs to 15:00hrs on Wednesday 6 November 2019, and at Barnsley Library between 10:00hrs to 12noon on Thursday 7 November 2019.”
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