Debbie Ware's purse was stolen last week at the Calliope Markets. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer
Debbie Ware's purse was stolen last week at the Calliope Markets. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer Tom Huntley

Thieves target market

TWO women have been the victims of a heartless thief who stole their purses at the Calliope Markets last week, showing that  even organised family events still pose the risk of theft and crime.

Debbie Ware said out of all the mothers and people surrounding the train ride where her purse had been stolen, no one had seen a thing.

Mrs Ware had taken her grandson to the Calliope Markets for the day.

Whilst changing her grandson's shoes to go on the train ride and ensuring he was safe in line, her purse, which was on the ground beside her, was stolen.

While the purse contained her week's pay, licence and credit cards, the most disheartening loss was a personal note from her son which she had received for Mother's Day.

"I was making sure my grandson was safe, and my purse was taken. Someone must have been there knowing mums would have been preoccupied taking care of their children," Mrs Ware said.

"It's pretty sad that people do this for quick money, even though it's heartbreaking for the victim."

After their visit to the markets was cut short, Mrs Ware, her husband and grandson drove home slowly, looking out for the purse, in case the thief had retrieved the cash and disposed of the rest.

Mrs Ware contacted the Calliope Markets the following day, but there had been no reports of a purse that had been handed in.
 

Safety Hints

  • Be aware of your surroundings and know who is nearby
  • Learn to carry only what is actually needed
  • Carry only small amounts of cash
  • Don't carry anything that is irreplaceable unless you absolutely must, even if it has no cash value
  • When in public be sure your handbag clasp or zipper is closed
  • Hold your purse tightly and close to your body
  • Walk in busy, well lit areas
  • Photocopy both sides of the importent contents of your purse (credit cards, driver's licence) and store the copy in a safe place at home

 

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