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Women targeted in spate of thefts
PSNI Inspector Roy Robinson has urged women to be vigilant with their belongings after recent thefts in Enniskillen town centre.
On Saturday afternoon June 9 a woman had been out shopping with £100 in her purse and somewhere between Home Field and Stream, Church street and B and M Bargains on High street it was stolen. It is believed that the purse was stolen from a black nylon shopping bag, which had a pocket inside it. The Kesh woman’s purse contained money,cards and a bus pass, which all have to be replaced, the bus pass at a cost of £6. Having intended on “doing some retail therapy” the woman was left empty-handed.
In a separate incident on June 16, again in Enniskillen town centre a woman in the Heatons store on Townhall street noticed that she too had her purse stolen from her bag.
Roy Robinson hasn’t noticed a marked increase in pick pocketing in the County, but remarked that there have been a few thefts in the larger retail stores.
On these occasions the purse is often left loose on a shopping trolley, making it exposed and open to theft. He urges women to be vigilant and not to advertise their belongings to thieves.
“Always be aware where your bag is and that the zips are closed. Keep your eyes open and on your bag at all times. Women need to be suspicious that someone could try and take their bag. Don’t be advertising that this is my purse, people have very nice purses so there is no need to that fact to thieves.”