Is Farnham becoming less safe for older people?


An elderly woman is now afraid to leave her home after having her purse stolen twice in two weeks.


Purse snatchers dipped into her handbag in Farnham town centre

According to shopkeepers theft in the town is becoming a regular occurrence.

The first theft took place inside or just outside Poundland on Friday, February 24. Thieves took the purse of the 79-year-old and then tried to withdraw csh from her account with her bank card. She had written her pin number on a piece of paper in the purse.

How many times, have we done exactly the same be cause like this poor woman we seldom use ATMs. Thankfully her bank flagged the suspicious withdrawal and blocked it.

Now everyone is being warned – to watch out for thieves, and with over their possessions.

This is supported by police crime stats, which show there were 23 incidents of theft, including seven cases of shoplifting, reported to police in Farnham town centre in January alone.

 Retailers are calling called for additional CCTV and security measures to curb shoplifting  as part of Farnham’s fledgling Business Improvement District (BID) project.

Waverley’s neighbourhood policing team has confirmed it is investigating the recent thefts, and officers have shared the following steps people can take to protect their property when shopping:

  • Keep purses and bags closed and secure at all times.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you when you are out shopping.
  • Carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest.
  • Return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it.
  • Use a purse that’s difficult for others to open – one that zips or snaps shut it best.
  • Conceal your wallet in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge.
  • Don’t hang bags on the back of your chair or a pushchair.


4 thoughts on “Is Farnham becoming less safe for older people?”

  1. This should not have happened to anyone in Farnham in daylight especially a vulnerable lady. From the description the lady is the victim of two crimes and one in a charity shop, which might suggest the same criminal. This is an appalling situation cameras would help deter and catch criminals. Perhaps the police might advise why Farnham has become so vulnerable to crime? The rises in the police precept do not appear to deliver the intended result.

    1. Daniel (if the Tories wrote it I’ll publish it verbatim) Gee is getting shirty. Maybe you should think about your own journalistic values first. The Heralds are a laughing stock.

    2. We didn’t lift this article – we rewrote information received from a regular reader of the Waverley Web. We don’t lift articles from The Herald because they are so Tory-biased.

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