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Old 07-02-2016, 08:42   #1
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Beware of pickpockets working in and around the Arndale. An elderley neighbour of mine went into the Card Factory yesterday and was bumped into by a woman carrying a card. When the neighbour went to pay for her cards her purse had been stolen. She informed the young girl behind the counter who did not seem a bit concerned. The only reply that my neighbour got was that the cctv had broken.
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Old 07-02-2016, 09:50   #2
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Frank something like this happened to Ma many years ago.
I got some jngly jangly handbag ornaments and attached them to her purse.
If anyone tried to get her purse these not only jingle, but they catch on things making it much less easy to slide a purse out without your knowledge.

I have also noticed that many people of my age have litlle bells attached to their purses.
These are often given by PCSO's in town centres. This is a fine way of ensuring t hat you are alerted if someone tries to pick your bag or pocket.

I know that all this advice is too late for your neighbour(who no doubt will be feeling very upset by this incident) but these are ploys whereby we can try and deny thieves the chance of making us victims.
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Old 07-02-2016, 10:28   #3
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Good advice and tip, Margaret.

Max: It's disappointing that the girl behind the counter seemed not to be concerned. She should be if thieves are operating in her shop. I assume this theft has been reported to the police.
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Old 07-02-2016, 10:41   #4
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No the lady said there was not much money in her purse and does not want the hassle of police involved
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Old 07-02-2016, 10:47   #5
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If she was anything like my mum, then the money would have been of secondary importance.
The things my mum lost was my dads obituary and a much loved photo of him and some religious medals with a prayer card given to her by an old(deceased) friend.
I replaced the picture of my dad and got a copy of the obituary, but the religious medals and the prayer card were irreplaceable(and of no value to the thief).
It isn't just the loss, it is the feeling of someone having duped you, it is the feeling stupid,the embarrassment, it dents confidence and the feeling of security......and those are things which take time to get back...and in some older people they are never regained
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Old 07-02-2016, 11:06   #6
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pickpockets have been a problem in the arndale for years infact from the day it opened almost

i remember signs been put up warning people of pickpockets because while people were gawping up at that world clock pickpockets were having the time of their lives

the police should be informed they cant do anything about it if they arnt made aware of it
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Old 07-02-2016, 11:49   #7
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I hope your neighbour is feeling a bit better now. It is a very upsetting thing to happen to anyone but the elderly especially. As Margaret rightly says it is not always the money that is most upsetting but things of a sentimental nature that can never be replaced. The bells on purses and bags is a good idea. I do hope the lady has her confidence restored soon.
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:02   #8
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i think the attitude of the staff member was appalling i dont care what wage level you are on theres no need to be cold hearted and ignorant to someone in distress

get robbed in our shop and we dont care is hardly a good image for a company that trades in an industry that revolves around good will and thought for others
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:17   #9
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I think that Accyman is right about getting the police involved.
They need to know so that they can keep a better watch on the place.
This does not remove the shoppers responsibility to ensure that their property is safe, but is another layer of security.
I think that seeing a police presence around town is no bad thing....and when the police move into the refurbed premises on Broadway I suppose there WILL be more of them about in town
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Old 07-02-2016, 13:40   #10
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it can get very crowded in that shop and ideal for pick pockets to operate in

it wasnt long ago the press was warning about professional pick pocket operations/gangs coming in from outside the UK but despite been true its a bit racist to say it now

sadly pick pocketing is a big problem it just dosnt get reported enough in the press and awareness should be raised
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The shop assistant said it had happened before,so why did they not get their cctv fixed? It is one shop I will avoid.
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The shop assistant said it had happened before,so why did they not get their cctv fixed? It is one shop I will avoid.
if the till got robbed it would be fixed in a heart beat
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Old 07-02-2016, 22:18   #13
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Sadly, this sort of thing happens all over. My Mum's purse was stolen while she was shopping in the pet food section of a department store here in Canada. An apparently nice gentleman was asking her advice as to what dog food he should buy. As she turned to help him, an accomplice made off with her purse. She didn't realize it until she was at the checkout, then remembered being distracted and jostled. Your suggestion of bells is a good one, Margaret. I'll pass that onto her. Incidentally, she didn't report it to the police either. I wish she would've.
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Old 08-02-2016, 06:29   #14
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A length of string tied between bag & purse works well too.
May handbags (so I can see from my wife's) have little clasps on a length of material that could also be used for this.

Just enough to get the purse out & use but not to take away.

Cheers for the warning though.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:07   #15
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I was told by the PCSO's who were giving out the little bells, that some thieves go equipped with small blades to cut zips and anything that could attach a purse.....and she was pleased when she saw my purse with all the jangly things on it.
I told her that this was as a result of Ma being targeted.....I still got bells to go on my purse too.....but my jangly bits are all irregular shapes and would snag on other stuff if someone tried to take my purse.
I also have a lanyard style thing that attaches inside my bag with a lobster claw, but I don't use this very much.
If I am going somewhere like Manchester, I take only the money I think I am going to spend and although I take my debit card I take it out of my purse.
I could tell you where I put it......but I won't!
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