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Gwent Police and South Wales Police say: Don’t have a nightmare this Christmas! Zip it, lock it, watch it!

Published: Monday, 10 December 2012

Gwent Police and South Wales Police are warning shoppers to 'zip it, lock it, watch it' as they head out to busy shops and town centres over the next couple of weeks.

As part of the Don't Have a Nightmare This Christmas campaign, the two police forces are focussing on providing crime prevention advice on the theft of personal belongings.

Although these types of incidents are relatively low, residents are being warned to keep any belongings they may carry in their pockets and bags safe. Some top tips include:

•Keep your bag shut and secure at all times, and do not carry items such as phones and wallets / purses in easy to access bag pockets;

•If your bag has a strap, wear it across your body and secure it;

•Keep your purse / wallet close to your body or in a concealed front jacket pocket;

•When using your phone in public, be aware of those around you and avoid getting distracted - don't make yourself an easy target for phone thieves;

•Never leave your bag unattended or on the back of shopping trolleys or pushchairs;

•Don't be flash with your cash in public, and avoid carrying large amounts of money in your purse / wallet.

A film showing the consequences of not paying attention to your purse and handbag can be viewed on the Don't Have a Nightmare This Christmas campaign website - www.donthaveanightmare.org.uk

Gwent Police Assistant Chief Constable, Simon Prince, said:

"The joint Christmas campaign between Gwent Police and South Wales Police aims to provide crime prevention advice to local residents and help keep them and their property safe. With lots of people heading to the shops and to pubs and clubs at this time of year, we receive reports of purses, wallets and mobile phones being stolen or going missing. By following a few simple steps, we hope that residents can avoid becoming a victim of crime."

Assistant Chief Constable Julian Kirby of South Wales Police said:

"As we get closer to Christmas, shops and pubs are becoming busier.

"We'll be working with colleagues to target thieves over the Christmas period, including plain clothes patrols and high visibility patrols inside premises.

"Thieves will seize the opportunity to take purses and mobile phones if they are left unsupervised or easily accessible.

"Keep your cash, purses, wallets and phones close to you at all times and locked away in zipped compartments to avoid being targeted."