During the Christmas period there has historically been an increase in the number of purse thefts from shoppers in busy and crowded shops and markets this year is no exception and there have been a number of travelling criminals who have been taking advantage.
Whilst out shopping in the Harrogate District please take precautions with your property and do not leave items such as purses or phones unattended on top of shopping trollies or bags.
Can I please ask that, where possible, items of value are secured and any bags are fastened or zipped up, an open bag is a target for any opportunist thief. This is also the case for items left in cars such as sat navs, wallets and phones. Please report any suspicious activity to NYP using 101.