Police Scotland issued a warning on 12th March to elderly shoppers visiting local charity shops. There have been several recent instances of elderly female shoppers having their handbags opened and purses stolen without them realizing while visiting charity shops in Byres Road and Dumbarton Road. No description of the person responsible is as yet available.
To avoid being a victim of this crime female Woodside residents are advised to keep their handbag to front or side closed with the purse not at the top. The Police also recommend awareness of people around you, and attaching a purse bell, samples of which have been given to all local charity shops for free distribution.