A POLICE clampdown on purse thieves in Huddersfield town centre has already led to seven arrests.
Several shoppers have fallen prey to light-fingered thieves who have taken purses out of shopping bags in recent months.
Now, police are working closely with store detectives and the town centre's CCTV system to catch the thieves.
Anyone seen acting suspiciously will be checked out and may be photographed.
Their descriptions will be quickly given to CCTV operators, store detectives, street wardens and pub licensees, who will report people matching these descriptions to police via the retail radio system.
Since the initiative began a month ago, seven people have been arrested for offences such as robbery or theft.
Sgt Alan Rhees-Cooper, in charge of Huddersfield's Target team, said: "People can help the police and themselves by following advice such as not leaving purses, wallets or mobile phones visible and not leaving handbags unzipped.
"Equally, these items should not be left in pockets or on tables in pubs or clubs.
"Handbags should not be left in shopping trolleys as they can easily be snatched.
"If you see anyone acting suspiciously, report them to store staff who will then be able to monitor and record any unusual behaviour."
Target tackles priority crime such as robberies, burglaries, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour.
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