Warning to shoppers after theft in Dover

Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Shoppers in Dover are being reminded to keep their valuables close by following a report of a theft in the town.

The theft took place in Ladywell between 4.30pm and 5.15pm on Sunday (30 July 2017).

The victim, a man in his 60s, had withdrawn some cash from an ATM in Market Square and had left the money in the back pocket of his tracksuit trousers as he walked through the town.

As he walked past the public toilets in Ladywell someone approached him from behind, grabbed the money and ran off.
Dover Community Safety Unit Sergeant Ben Norbury said: "Thankfully, offences like these are not common but they are a reminder that you can never be too careful when out and about.

"There are lots of ways in which people can avoid becoming victim to opportunist thieves. Handbags should always be zipped up or fastened shut and kept to the front of you where they can be seen. Don't keep wallets in back pockets and never leave handbags unattended on top of prams, shopping trolleys, wheelchairs or mobility scooters."

Sergeant Norbury said that using purse chains or lanyards also deterred opportunist thieves.

"It only takes a second for purses or wallets to be taken" he added.

Anyone with information about the theft should contact 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number ZY/34938/17.

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