CHRISTMAS shoppers are being warned to beware of thieves on the look to snatch purse, wallets and presents.
In a crime prevention message in the run up to Christmas, the PSNI said: “We are reminding the community to be on their guard against the opportunist thief.
“Christmas criminals aren’t always so obvious. They like to strike when your attention is diverted.
“Sometimes the victim doesn’t even notice they have had something stolen until they return home.
“When out shopping, always make sure your purse or wallet is not within easy access to pickpockets or light fingered thieves who may attempt to remove it from a handbag.
Try not to carry large amounts of cash and be especially careful if withdrawing cash from an ATM.
Be aware of those around you and make an attempt to hide your PIN as you type it. If you are having a particularly hectic shopping day and decide to stop somewhere for refreshments, don’t leave your shopping unattended.
“The opportunist thief will wait until your attention is elsewhere and within seconds your valuable Christmas presents for family and friends could be gone.
“Also if travelling in a vehicle make sure valuables are left out of sight in the boot area to help protect against anyone stealing from your car. If they can’t see them, they don’t know they are there.”