Three people had their purses stolen in Colchester town centre recently. This didn’t happen on what is usually considered to be the busiest shopping day, Saturday. All thefts took place between 11.30am and 12.05pm on a Tuesday.
In the first theft, a purse containing money was stolen from a jacket pocket.
Within 15 minutes, a purse containing a three figure sum of money was stolen from the zipped compartment of another victim’s handbag.
A further 15 – 20 minutes later, a third purse was stolen from a handbag being carried over the victim’s shoulder.
It is all well and good alerting people to such threats and reminding people to be extra careful when out and about but there are things that people can do to help protect themselves against such opportunist theft, such as attaching purses to cat bells or lanyards.
There are many manufacturers and suppliers offering varying designs so lanyards are readily available.
Combining modern, even bespoke lanyards, made from one of the large range of materials they can be manufactured in nowadays, allows users to remain fashionable, even colour co-ordinated if they so desire.