Shoppers being urged to stay safe during the sales

Shoppers in Angus are being urged to be vigilant against purse snatchers during the January sales as part of a new country-wide safety campaign.

Under the Watch Your Purse campaign, shoppers are being warned to watch out for would-be thieves and to take precautions to keep their purses, wallets and personal belongings safe from pickpockets during the busy January sale period. The campaign has been launched by the Scottish Business Crime Centre and is aimed at educating shoppers in towns, cities and shopping centres across Scotland about the dangers of thieves.

The initiative has also won the backing of major high street retailers including Scotmid and Semi-Chem.

Gary Ritchie, Assistant Director at SBCC, said that by taking a few simple steps shoppers could protect themselves against heartache and keep their possessions safe from opportunistic thieves.

He added: “Often it isn’t the actual loss of the purse that’s the worst thing, it is the subsequent upheaval of cancelling and replacing cards and house keys and the possible loss of personal items like photographs and mementoes.