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Personal Protection Alarm

Most people may have heard of robbery, but the Police also record something called 'theft from the person a personal protection alarm may help you if you are faced with this situation, but there are also other things you need to be aware of..

What is Theft from the Person?  Theft from the person is similar to robbery, but without the threat of violence, or use of violence.  Your property is still stolen from you while you carry it, however you may not be aware until a later time.  Almost 90% of these crimes take place without the victim knowing they have had property stolen.

Official police reported figures, as detailed in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (formally known as the British Crime Survey) returned a 9% increase compared to 2012.  Figures for 2013 are 22% higher than 2008/09.  This is an issue that is growing and members of the public need to be aware so they avoid becoming a victim.

Throughout Engalnd and Wales the majority of offences, not surprisingly take place in urban areas, with 45% taking place in Greater London.

One area commented upon in the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 2013, makes reference to a trend of thefts of mobile phones.  These are specifically being targeted by offenders who ride up and grab them while riding a bike, or even mopeds.  They can then escape quickly and easily.

These mobile phone thefts are especially affecting younger victims.

Personal Alarm Devices

It is not easy to prevent theft from the person offences, mainly because they often involve stealth.  However, this increasing use of bikes and mopeds to target mobile phone use can be scary for victims.

In many circumstances we highlight what crime prevention products are available to purchase and the pros and cons of different options.

As this type of offence can involve stealth, for example a individual reaching into your bag or pocket and stealing something there are not many products that could help.  There is however one simple method of making it more difficult for an offender and that is to attache a cat bell to your valuables.  

If a criminal dips into your bag or coat and tries to steal your purse, the cat bell will make a noise.  Simple but effective.  If you don't have any cat bells in the house, they can be purchased by clicking on the image below, or on this link Cat Bell - Various Colours. 1cm .  They cost less than £2 and could help.

The other key method to help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime is to be aware.  Understand your surroundings, be aware of who is around you and what property you have on display. 

Most people are aware when they are withdrawing cash from an ATM, however not as much so at other critical times.

When you are using your phone you are advertising to those around you the fact you have a product which can easily be sold for up to £100.  In addition, you may have rings or a watch on display at the same time.  

When using a phone, you are often concentrating on the phone call, this lowers your guard.  You may not be listening for approaching people or mopeds.

Personal Protection Alarm

These mobile phone thefts are especially affecting younger victims, although the volume of them is quite low, especially in areas outside London.

It is not easy to prevent theft from the person offences, mainly because they often involve stealth.  However, this increasing use of bikes and mopeds to target mobile phone use can be scary for victims. 

Of course many victims do feel threatened, or have violence used against them, alarms can be one way of trying to protect yourself in these situations.  There a large range of options available, many have different pros and cons, we try and walk you through what to look for in these articles below.

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