The Pinner community has been warned about a recent series of pickpocket offences, with victims having their mobile phones and bank cards stolen from coat pockets, handbags, and purses in local shops and eateries in the area.
The crimes are currently under investigation by local police, who have advised residents to remain vigilant and take precautions to avoid becoming a victim.
PCSO Lee O’Brien posted a warning on the OWL website, urging Pinner residents to look for people who get too close in queues and never leave valuables in open pockets.
Obrien said: “Mobile phones and bank cards stolen from coat pockets, handbags, and purses in local establishments such as Café Nero, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, and WHSmith.”
He also advised against leaving handbags and rucksacks unzipped and leaving phones or other valuables unattended or out of sight, such as in a shopping trolley. In addition, he warned against leaving bags hanging on the backs of prams or chairs and recommended covering the keypad when entering PIN numbers.
Although many of the victims are elderly females, the police have stressed that anyone can be targeted by pickpockets. Thieves often dress smartly to avoid being detected, and some work alone while others work in pairs. The police are encouraging the community to take all necessary precautions to protect their belongings and to report any suspicious behaviour immediately.
The Pinner community is encouraged to remain vigilant and to work together to prevent further incidents of pickpocketing in the area. The police in Harrow are continuing their investigation into the recent spate of crimes and are asking anyone with information to come forward and contact them.