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Newport Beach Police Department
Friday February 8th, 2019 :: 11:00 a.m. PST


A Crime Prevention Tip for your Weekend: Be Aware of Purse Snatchers & Pickpockets

If your plans for the weekend include doing some shopping, going out to eat, or just spending time out of the house, it’s a good idea to put some simple habits into practice to make sure your belongings don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Here are some Crime Prevention tips for keeping your personal property safe whenever you are out & about:

  • Never leave your personal belongings unattended.
  • If you carry a purse, consider using a purse with a zipper. Keep the zipper closed when you are not retrieving something from or putting something into your purse. Don’t make it easy for someone to reach into your purse & remove your wallet.  
  • When you are using a shopping cart, secure your purse to the cart by clipping the child safety belt through the straps. This will prevent someone from easily grabbing your bag & running while your back is turned.
  • While you are out dining, don't hang your purse on the back of your chair. Consider getting a purse hook so you can hang your purse from the table. This will help you keep an eye on your bag since it is next to you instead of behind you.  
  • Be aware of pickpockets. If you carry a wallet on your person, carry it in your front pocket instead of your back pocket.
  • Thieves often work in pairs or groups. One might create a distraction so another can grab your valuables. Remember to not lose sight of your personal belongings.
Report all suspicious activity by calling the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3717.

Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Emergency: 9-1-1

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