Hinckley police made aware of recent spate of bag thefts – and they’ve shared tips on how to tackle it

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 17 March 2022

HINCKLEY TOWN Neighbourhood Team Officers have recently been made aware of a rise in the amount of purse and bag thefts taking place inside of Hinckley town centre.

Officers in the area are advising town-goers to take ‘extra care’ with their personal belongings whilst in town – and have also advised shoppers to remain vigiliant.

Those who witnesses anybody in town acting in a suspicious manner around people in the town centre are being encouraged to contact the police through their non-emergency number of 101.

And, Hinckley town centre officers are available to talk to members of the public at their pop-up shop inside of the Britannia Shopping Centre in town, between 10am to 1pm tomorrow (Friday, 18 March).

The Town Neighbourhood Team have collated a list of tips on how to secure items whilst in town:

  • Look who’s around you, Know who’s behind you, See who’s close to you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Never let your valuables leave your sight.
  • Secure your bag properly, if it’s easy for you to get into, it’ll be easy for a thief to get into.
  • Wear a bag that goes across your body to hold your most valuable items.
  • Never leave your bag unattended and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Avoid carrying your wallet or phone in your back pocket and never hold it out on display.
  • When shopping with a pushchair or handbag, never leave your bag unattended on the back

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