We are asking the public to be on guard to protect their pockets following CCTV released which demonstrates how quickly it can take for them to be stolen.
The incident depicted in the CCTV took place outside a Waitrose supermarket in West Byfleet on Friday, 7 December 2018.
The perpetrator was arrested on the scene after the in-store security guard stopped him, and the subsequent investigation resulted in charges being levied against him.
The pickpocket (Iulian Vinatoru, 48-years-old, from Leicester.), pleaded guilty to the offence at Guildford Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 2 January and was fined £280 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Below are some handy dos and don’ts to protect your belongings from the threat of pickpockets:
- Do keep purses and bags closed and secure at all times.
- Do carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest.
- Do return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it.
- Do use a purse that’s difficult to open. One that zips or snaps shut is best, and keep it closed.
- Do use a money belt if you’re carrying a significant quantity of cash.
- Do conceal your wallet in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge.
- Do keep a list, separate from your wallet and phone, of contact numbers of family in case your phone is stolen.
- Do keep a photocopy of your airline tickets, passport, credit cards and any other documents that would be impossible or inconvenient to replace if stolen.
- Don’t hang stuff on the back of a chair.
- Don’t leave anything on the back of a pushchair.
- Don’t place your belongings out of sight on the floor.
More safety advice can be found on our website: https://www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/