|"Gentlemen are also targets.|
Flirtatious or overly familiar females,
who often work in pairs,
will attempt to distract you
whilst relieving you of your wallet."
BLACK FRIDAY Kicks off the festive season of goodwill, and the ideal time for pickpockets to clean up ...but enough about our councillors...
Seriously gentle reader, gangs of Pickpockets or Dippers will be all over central Peterborough, on the streets and in shopping malls working the fabled public realm ... so from behind a pile of mince pies and yet to be written Christmas cards this is our 'print out and keep' Guide to a Safe and Festive Yuletide.
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The PBROTRIB presents the @CAMBSCOPS Guide on How to Stay Safe in Peterborough
Crime Prevention in Peterborough – How to Stay Safe
When out and about…..
Stay secure - don't advertise your valuables, keep them in pocket or handbag out of sight. Check it is safe before you use your phone.
Do not allow yourself to be distracted when using your mobile phone in public. Avoid using the phone if you can and if you have to use it do not allow yourself to become distracted form your surroundings.
Plan ahead. Before you go out, think about how you are going to get home, e.g. can you travel home with a friend? What time does the last bus/train leave?
Avoid danger spots like quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted.
Try to keep both hands free and don’t walk with your hands in your pockets.
Try to use well-lit, busy streets and use the route you know best.
Always try to walk facing on-coming traffic. If you do have to walk in the same direction as the traffic and a vehicle pulls up alongside you, turn and head in the other direction.
Keep your mind on your surroundings – remember if you are chatting on your mobile phone or wearing headphones, you will not hear trouble approaching.
Be extra careful when using cashpoint machines. Make sure nobody is hovering nearby and don’t count your money
Consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which can be used to shock and disorientate an attacker giving you vital seconds to get away.
Check out times of the buses and trains before setting off to avoid long waiting times at bus stops and stations
Wait for a bus or train in a well-lit place near other people whenever possible. Have your pass or ticket ready in your hand so that your wallet is out of sight.
Keeping your valuables safe…………..
Always be aware of your risk of being a victim of a pick pocketing or robbery offence, particularly in the immediate City Centre and surrounding retail shops.
Always ensure that any handbag use choose can be fully sealed. Carry your bag close to you, either across the body or under your shoulder with the zip facing forwards.
Ensure that you only take the minimum number of plastic cards and money with you that you require for the day.
Never keep your PIN number with your purse/wallet. PIN’s are easy to change to a number you could remember, just ask your bank to help if you need it.
Do not allow yourself to be distracted at a cash machine, ensure that you are aware of who is around you when using a machine and ensure that your cash withdrawal has been put away safely.
Try to keep jewellery to a minimum.
If asked for the time, do not use your smartphone to provide the answer.
Do not allow anyone else to use your phone.
Try to avoid getting into a conversation with someone that you don’t know, you never know what their motives might be.
Never give to anyone who asks you for money. If you feel you would like to do something to help, give to a local charity instead.
Gentlemen are also targets. Flirtatious or overly familiar females, who often work in pairs, will attempt to distract you whilst relieving you of your wallet.
When sat in either coffee shops or on public benches do not put your bag on the empty seat next to you, or worse on the floor.
Consider the use of a purse cable with will attach your purse to the inside of your handbag or a purse bell which will alert you to any attempt to remove your purse.
These can be purchased quite cheaply from suppliers such as Amazon. (Alternatively a lead for a small dog does the job just as well!)
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