WITH the festive season fast approaching, police are warning residents to watch out for “bag dipping” within Clydebank.

Criminals are looking to take handbags or the contents within, without being noticed, often by means of distraction, said officers.

Clydebank community police are urging residents to always be on their guard when shopping.

They said handbags should always be properly closed, held tight and never put down to minimise the risk of being subject to this crime.

Shoppers are also being warned by police not to leave any of their bags unattended.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously within a shop or carrying out bag dipping, please alert the shop’s security or Police Scotland on 101.