West Yorkshire Police

For non-emergencies dial 101 - In an emergency always dial 999

Phone and Purse Theft

West Yorkshire Police aims to raise awareness of a recent rise in such thefts among shoppers and clubbers, by encouraging people to take simple steps to avoid becoming a victim.

Anyone who becomes a victim faces the expense and inconvenience of replacing the stolen items along with the heartache of losing treasured photos, videos and others items.

You can guard against becoming a victim of theft by:

  • Always securing zips and fastenings on bags and pockets.
  • Never leaving bags, mobile phones, coats and other valuables unattended.
  • Avoiding advertising your valuables to would-be thieves.

You can also protect your mobile phone by:

  • Downloading a tracking app.
  • Insuring it, and recording the IMEI number.
  • Saving all your contacts, in and address book or on a computer.

Over the coming months, officers will be handing out crime prevention advice and speaking to people in city centres about ways to avoid becoming a victim.

For non-emergencies dial 101
In an emergency always dial 999

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