Police warn of pickpockets in York city centre

York Press: Police warn of pickpockets in York city centre Police warn of pickpockets in York city centre

AT LEAST 18 people have been targeted by pickpockets in York city centre in the past two weeks, police have said.

A spokesman said the thefts had mainly occurred between 2pm and 4pm, with the majority taking place at weekends.

Victims range from students to elderly people, with thieves targeting mobile phones and purses, and the spokesman said people visiting the city centre should be on their guard.

PC Julia Delaney said: “A number of victims stated that they felt someone push past them but did not realise their purse or phone had been stolen until later on.

"People should be aware that there appear to be pick pockets operating in York city centre and it is important to remain vigilant at all times. Keep you belongings close to your body and be wary of people pushing into you and who is around you.”

Further crime prevention advice is available at northyorkshire.police.uk/pursethefts

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9:33am Wed 2 Apr 14

Lego Fan says...

If there was REAL Police Constables in York instead of useless, powerless, copper wanabee, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) pick pockets might think twice abot stealing, yobs, thieves, pick pockets see Pcsos and are not put off . Pcsos should all be sacked and replaced by REAL trained, equipped, trustworthy Police Officers. Is there ANY real Police Officers in York, cos all I see is the pretend Pcsos.
Pcsos make the police look a second class service and a laughing stock to the rest of the world!!
If there was REAL Police Constables in York instead of useless, powerless, copper wanabee, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) pick pockets might think twice abot stealing, yobs, thieves, pick pockets see Pcsos and are not put off . Pcsos should all be sacked and replaced by REAL trained, equipped, trustworthy Police Officers. Is there ANY real Police Officers in York, cos all I see is the pretend Pcsos. Pcsos make the police look a second class service and a laughing stock to the rest of the world!! Lego Fan
  • Score: 37

10:06am Wed 2 Apr 14

Gramayre says...

'Plastic Plod' do an invaluable service as, granted they don't have the same powers as regular police but they don't need to.
As far as a police presence in town, I'd rather see plain clothes scouting around and making arrests - at least it puts the pickpockets in the back foot as they won't know where they are.
Personally I think I should get a jacket and sew fish hooks into the pockets - that should catch them red handed :-)
'Plastic Plod' do an invaluable service as, granted they don't have the same powers as regular police but they don't need to. As far as a police presence in town, I'd rather see plain clothes scouting around and making arrests - at least it puts the pickpockets in the back foot as they won't know where they are. Personally I think I should get a jacket and sew fish hooks into the pockets - that should catch them red handed :-) Gramayre
  • Score: 18

12:58pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

Rather than criticise the police why not be a bit more observant and helpful. If you see any suspicious behaviour that you think may be a pickpocket at work,alert the Police by phoning 101 and telling them " what and where"
If you see someone with an unzipped bag at risk, or with a wallet or purse protruding from a back pocket etc.. alert them politely to the potential danger. This is particularly appropriate with tourists unfamiliar with the city.
I have done this a number of times and have always been thanked.
Above all check that your own cash and bank cards are safe!
Rather than criticise the police why not be a bit more observant and helpful. If you see any suspicious behaviour that you think may be a pickpocket at work,alert the Police by phoning 101 and telling them " what and where" If you see someone with an unzipped bag at risk, or with a wallet or purse protruding from a back pocket etc.. alert them politely to the potential danger. This is particularly appropriate with tourists unfamiliar with the city. I have done this a number of times and have always been thanked. Above all check that your own cash and bank cards are safe! Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 6

7:04pm Thu 3 Apr 14

geoff tibletts says...

Does not surprise me at all noticed more and more romanian people in York town centre recently especially the one with no legs pushing himself down coney street on a skateboard then playing some organ with a sign saying please help me by a wheel chair.
Does not surprise me at all noticed more and more romanian people in York town centre recently especially the one with no legs pushing himself down coney street on a skateboard then playing some organ with a sign saying please help me by a wheel chair. geoff tibletts
  • Score: 8

7:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

geoff tibletts says...

geoff tibletts wrote:
Does not surprise me at all noticed more and more romanian people in York town centre recently especially the one with no legs pushing himself down coney street on a skateboard then playing some organ with a sign saying please help me by a wheel chair.
That is buy a wheelchair
[quote][p][bold]geoff tibletts[/bold] wrote: Does not surprise me at all noticed more and more romanian people in York town centre recently especially the one with no legs pushing himself down coney street on a skateboard then playing some organ with a sign saying please help me by a wheel chair.[/p][/quote]That is buy a wheelchair geoff tibletts
  • Score: 6

1:14am Fri 4 Apr 14

Thislittleold market town says...

Careful Geoff you'll get your comment removed for saying the word Roma, I did just for saying they are good at it,there is more and more appearing in york and it's no coincidence that pickpocket crime is on the increase,it needs stamping out now
Careful Geoff you'll get your comment removed for saying the word Roma, I did just for saying they are good at it,there is more and more appearing in york and it's no coincidence that pickpocket crime is on the increase,it needs stamping out now Thislittleold market town
  • Score: 6

5:21pm Fri 4 Apr 14

oi oi savaloy says...

geoff tibletts wrote:
Does not surprise me at all noticed more and more romanian people in York town centre recently especially the one with no legs pushing himself down coney street on a skateboard then playing some organ with a sign saying please help me by a wheel chair.
how are these people the 'lifeblood' of the economy?

do they pay tax on the amount of money they steal ? and on the earnings of the loot they sell on?

am looking forward to the channel 5 documentary "gypsies on benefits and proud" starring jobless roma immigrant viorel dinu (himself a double amputee) who as been slapped with an asbo for aggressive begging... this country as had it!!
[quote][p][bold]geoff tibletts[/bold] wrote: Does not surprise me at all noticed more and more romanian people in York town centre recently especially the one with no legs pushing himself down coney street on a skateboard then playing some organ with a sign saying please help me by a wheel chair.[/p][/quote]how are these people the 'lifeblood' of the economy? do they pay tax on the amount of money they steal ? and on the earnings of the loot they sell on? am looking forward to the channel 5 documentary "gypsies on benefits and proud" starring jobless roma immigrant viorel dinu (himself a double amputee) who as been slapped with an asbo for aggressive begging... this country as had it!! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: 3

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