Advice from Senior Constable John Littleton, Crime Prevention and Diversity Officer
Theft of wallets, purses and handbags continues to be a significant crime. You can help to reduce this crime by taking a few simple measures to secure your property and be less likely to fall victim.
Never leave your handbag unattended on tables, chairs, shopping trolleys, or prams.
Select a handbag that has a fully closed top, like a zipper. Even better, a flap / cover over the zip that can be clipped down. Try to have the closing flap/cover against your body. Having an open bag with your purse or wallet visible is an open invitation to a criminal mind that is hard for them to resist.
Only carry items you are reasonably likely to need. When shopping you may only need cash or card for payment – possibly glasses. These items may fit in your pockets, or a smaller bag that that you can then easily carry yourself. This reduces the need for you to set your bag / belongings down while you collect items from shelves.
When entering PIN details at ATM/EFTPOS machines, secure your money and secure your wallet or purse before moving away. If you are going to your car, have your keys in hand or easily available for when you arrive.
Always be aware of your surroundings and if you believe you are being followed or notice suspicious activity alert a store staff member or security and ring the Police on 131 444.