The Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre is back from today until 3 December and we want you to stay safe.
With large crowds come opportunities for pick pocketers and bogus charity workers, so being aware makes you less likely to fall victim to crime.
Officers from Worcester’s Safer Neighbourhood Team will be out on patrol to help keep you safe and protect you from criminals.
Chief Inspector David Troth said: “We really want people to enjoy their time when heading into the city centre for the Victorian Fayre but by taking simple steps, you can avoid becoming a victim of crime.
“Please remember that all genuine charity workers should have legitimate ID and documentation on them, as well as a registered charity number which can be checked and verified.
“If you suspect they may not be genuine, then please contact the police.
“Pick pockets like to take advantage of crowded events such as this and by following this useful advice you can help protect your belongings.”
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
Don’t hang stuff on the back of a bench
Don’t leave anything on the back of a pushchair
Don’t place your belongings out of sight on the floor
For more advice on protecting yourself please click HERE.