Police issue bag swipping advice following Cumbernauld attacks
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 17:11 GMT on Tuesday 19th February, 2013.
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CUMBERNAULD’S Strathclyde Police Community Policing Officers have stepped up their search and the routine of their regular patrols after a series of muggings around Cumbernauld.
All of the muggings have involved women, aged between their early fifties and early eighties, although all of the attacks have occurred in separate parts of the town. All of the suspects were trying to steal their victim’s handbag.
Since the attacks, Strathclyde Police have published advice to local residents urging them to watch their handbags and prevent bag dipping.
“Together with Town Centre Activities North Lanarkshire, our officers are running a Safer Town Centre initiative across North Lanarkshire in a bid to prevent bag dippings,” a spokesperson said.
Credit card sized advice cards and posters are being distributed to public venues in the area, including local cafes, bingo halls, libraries and shops. Staff within these premises will have a limited supply of ‘purse bells’ to give to members of the public free of charge.
In addition to the advisory materials, Strathclyde Police have also published advice on how women can avoid bag dipping. Never leave your bag unattended; do not keep handbags on a buggy or shopping trolley; keep all valuables secure and out of sight; keep your bag zipped up; and, be aware of people around you.
More safety advice is available via the Strathclyde Police website, http://www.strathclyde.police.uk/.
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