Four purse thefts on one day in Salisbury

Four purse thefts on one day in Salisbury

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 10:49am 6th December 2016. (Updated at 12:19pm 6th December 2016)

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The risk of you being targeted has increased, as more shoppers pour into Salisbury ahead of Christmas. Police now offer a free security device.

Purse thieves have struck four times in one day in Salisbury.

Police say women were targeted in The Maltings, Butcher Row, and the High Street on Saturday. (3rd December)

In once case a victim had her purse stolen as she browsed in a charity shop.

Officers are now urging you to come and get one of their simple purse-straps, a free device you use to secure your purse or wallet to your handbag, man bag.

Purse Strap

DETERRENT - Purse Strap

PC Matt Holland from Salisbury Police told Spire FM:

"We do want people to come to Salisbury to shop. These aren't violent offences, these aren't people that are being attacked, or any violence at all."

"They are pick-pocket type offences where people don't realise that their purses are gone until later on. So it's really important that people, when they are in busy areas, particularly when it's crowded, keep a really close eye on their belongings. The majority of these offences that have been reported are women over the age of 70 that have been targeted, so their purses have been stolen from handbags. So I think it's really important that people keep an eye on their handbags, they keep them zipped up, and make sure they know where their purses are."


You can get one of the FREE purse straps now from the Bourne Hill Police enquiry office in Salisbury.
They're open at the following times:-

  • Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Saturday - 9.00am to 1.00pm

You can also pick up a purse chain from police officers and PCSO's based outside the Christmas Market HQ/ information hut near the Guildhall entrance:

  • Tuesday 9am -11am
  • Saturday 10 am-12pm  and 3pm -5pm

Meanwhile more officers and PCSO's will be out on the streets particularly at the Christmas and Charter Market.

They'll be patrolling on foot to target purse thefts as well as street drinking and anti-social behaviour.

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